Rough Waters? Change Your Perspective

Last week we had a visit from friends from the north. We spent quite a few days near the water. We were at the beach, with the waves crashing against the shore. It was delightful even though the water was cold. We picked up shells and watched the water birds and were always on the lookout for dolphins.

One day we went to the park by the bay and walked along the water. It was chilly and the water was choppy. The wind was brisk and we pulled our sweaters around us. We didn’t stay there long.

Instead, we went around to the other side of the bay and walked out on a long pier over the water. It was warm in the sun and the water looked smooth and calm.  How could this be the same body of water?  What changed?

The only thing that changed was our perspective. We moved to a new location and looked at the same water from a different view. The wind was now behind us and the water looked completely different.

My friend was first to comment on the change. She said, “Isn’t this just like life? Sometimes when we are facing some rough waters, all we need to do is choose to look at things from a different perspective.”

The problems haven’t really changed, we have just opted for a better view.  Sometimes all it takes is a fresh perspective to give us the courage to keep hoping.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8 (ESV)