Before moving into my current apartment I lived on the first floor of an apartment building, after that I moved to a house where my bedroom was located on the first floor. None of this prepared me for the sights and sounds of lighting and thunder that I would one day experience from my seventh floor apartment window. From my bedroom I felt like I was inside of a cloud. The lightning close enough to brighten my entire bedroom and the thunder so loud I could not hear myself think.
The first few times I was awaken by this scene I was sure I had woken up on judgement day.
After one episode I began to wonder why when going back in my memory I had never experienced thunder quite like this. Was it possible that at 20 whatever years old I could suddenly be afraid of thunder storms?
Then one day it dawned on me I wasn’t experiencing the storm from ground level anymore I was much higher up here on the seventh floor… my perspective had changed. If you know me you know my first thought was “wow that’s deep”. But then I thought of how I could use this lesson on perspective in other areas of my life.
I came up with this:
“Lesson: In the midst of some storms changing the level you’re on could change the intensity of the storm.”
It sounded good enough so I put it to the test. I was in a difficult situation with another individual that to me seemed to have no resolve. It took some time but once I began to change my perspective the intensity of the situation seemed to decrease. I realized the resolution was in my silence. Where I thought I needed to defend myself with words I actually needed to just be silent and let my actions speak for me. Like the difference between my experiences from the first floor vs the seventh; changing my perspective and bringing it down a level did not change the fact that there was a storm but it calmed the sound of the thunder; I was able to hear myself think again and hear what God wanted me to do to combat this problem. I had a clear mind and was able to find peace in myself until the storm passed over.
I encourage you to take some time to look at a difficult situation you may be facing from a different perspective. Does it change how you see things? Has looking at it differently allowed you to find a different plan to tackle it? Feel free to share in the comment section.