What is My Point of Reference?
Last year, my husband and I moved from the Valley to North State. When we lived in the valley, every time we would see the “Sutter Buttes” we would know we were getting close to home. It always put a smile on my face, no matter how tired I was from driving, to know I was about to be greeted by my family – my family that includes furry four legged children and my husband. Then we moved. Now, when I am driving, I feel energized when I see Mount Lassen to my right and Mount Shasta in front of me. I know that when I see those majestic peaks, I am getting close to home – to those things I hold dear. My point of reference has totally changed. In God’s infinite wisdom, He chose to move my husband and I. We know that we know the move was and is a part of God’s plan for out lives. And just as God changed our “point of reference” physically, sometimes He wants to change our “point of reference” spiritually and emotionally.
I had a young student in Teen Challenge who came into program with a very strange point of reference. She had been on the street, on and off, since she was fourteen years old. When she could sleep, she would sleep with a knife – but trust me, she seldom slept. During the night hours she would ponder what was real and what wasn’t; and she had a very definite “reference point” for God. She thought He had to be some kind of higher intelligence from a galaxy far away. She thought he came here; made the earth and took off. She definitely never thought he could or would help the likes of her. She did not trust anyone – especially any so called “god”. It took her quite a bit of time to trust us even a little bit, but she eventually did. I will never forget the day she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior! I had the privilege of praying with her right in my office. That was the day her point of reference changed completely.
This little one saw that God was real; that God cared about her personally; that she could trust God; that God could heal her hurts and that God even had a plan for her life! She went from a life of self-loathing; loneliness; addiction; abuse and hopelessness; to a life dependent upon the promises and power of God. God certainly did not let her down. Yes, she had her struggles. Yes, there were times that her new point of reference was tested to the max, BUT God never, never let her down. This precious soul went onto minister to literally hundreds and hundreds of young ones that came from lives like hers. She was able to share with them that there really is a God that cares, a God that wants to bless them, a God that wants to give them a future, and a God that will never let them down! All this from a change in her “point of reference”.
This got me to thinking…. are there areas in my life that are causing me problems – that I am feeling defeated? Maybe I need to change my point of reference. Maybe I need to see my situation in line with God’s truth – God’s view point. Maybe I need to move on up from the valley of doubt and fear; and look to the mountains of promises God has for me! I firmly believe my “point of reference” is everything. Am I seeing things from a perspective that is indicative of a life based on faith in God? OR… am I seeing things from a perspective that is based on the limited strength of man, worldly values, and my own finite vision. #Godismypointofreference #seeinglifethroughGod’svictoriouslens