Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Perspective

I have been walking the same little country road for more years than I like to admit. All those years ago, when I first began, this was my view as I covered ground as quickly as I could.



I walked with my head lowered, arms pumping, eyes cast downward. Then I read an article about the "proper" way to walk and realized I was doing it all wrong. I should have been walking with my head held high and my gaze fixed firmly ahead. Never being one to break the rules, I adjusted the attitude of my head.

I immediately noticed the difference. My posture was certainly much better, but that wasn't the real blessing. When I moved my gaze upward, I saw all the amazing things I had been missing.


- the sweet wild flowers perfectly color coordinated!



- the little splash of red perched high and singing his heart out




-the view of these rolling hills just before the road dips down



the big Texas sky



I have found the same thing to be true in my life. When my gaze is focused downward on the circumstances of life, my view is very narrowed. It is when I shift my gaze that a whole new vista opens, and I see the miracles all around me. It is more than just a view - it is the realization that the Father walks with me on this journey. There are difficult places to be sure, but when my eyes are on Him there is so much of beauty, peace and joy all around me.


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Blessings,
Linda

17 comments:

emily wierenga said...

linda... my husband has taught me to walk this way, too... i used to always watch my feet, but then i`d miss the scenery. what a lovely new perspective we`re being taught. xo

Sandy said...

I learned the same thing from a
friend who said basically what
the article did. It does make
such a difference. I love to
talk with the Lord while I
walk. It sure makes the time
pass more quickly and enriches
my spirit while my body is
being made stronger.

PEA said...

I usually walk with my head up and that's why I trip over everything! lol You're right, though, we need to be able to see what God has created for us to enjoy. A beautiful post as usual, dear Linda. xoxo

Donnetta said...

Thank you for this. So often I put my head down and get busy with the task at hand. How often I must miss the beauty and wonder of the things around me in the busy-ness of the moment.

Lifting my head and focusing my gaze as I continue forward...

grammy said...

Good godly way to look at our posture
eyes on him we see more of what he wants us to see (o:

Dawn said...

Perspective is everything! Great analogy, as usual. I needed it today, because it has been a tough one for me - some really nasty surprises in those window envelopes in the mail!

Sara said...

Oh Linda, how you encourage me every time you splash with me. Thank you friend. I too am learning to walk with my head held high as a princess in the kingdom of God. Poor self esteem no longer a welcomed friend as I stand tall.

Hugs for your day,
Sara

CindyMagsig said...

Well stated, Linda! It is amazing the things we miss when we are downcast. I enjoyed the pictures as well. Thank you for the encouragement today!

Laura said...

Hey, you. I'm just dropping by to say hello. I thought life would slow down this summer but it seems to have picked up at breakneck speed.

Your comment over at HCB really resonated with me, Linda. I know we've talked about our insecurities before, but I am serious when I say how much I value your voice. I am so blessed by having come to know you.

I love you, Linda.

Becky said...

Great post and wisdom.

I love the quote: "GAZE at our God, and glance at our circumstances."

When I walk, I do have to occasionally glance down.....ever watching out for those pesky snakes!

Blessings,

Becky

Anonymous said...

Ah, Linda...so very true. Thank you for the reminder to look up! Blessings to you dear friend!

Maria said...

What a great reminder, Linda!
Many times as I walk, I "catch myself" looking at my feet... looking at the sidewalks... then move my eyes upward... YES... much better,

❀ much better ❀

enjoy all the new views :D
happy walking, Linda!!!
~Maria

ps. Fist day home from school! yippee!

Holley Gerth said...

Great reminder, Linda! Thank you!

Amy Sullivan said...

Great comparison...looking up while we walk and looking up to God in all we do. Thank you for the reminder. I will think about it on my morning walk tomorrow!

Jenny said...

I realized a few years ago how little I looked up...I missed alot of great things. Thank you for this post reminding me.

gretchen said...

Like the country road... you are right--- it is a matter of perspective. I am on the Butterfly Garden Journey with you. Just thought I would drop by.

Nancy said...

I keep reading your comments on Emily's blog and decided I need to spend more time with you.

I actually tripped over uneven sidewalk and broke my finger once while walking. Sigh.

Praise God, who walks with us and is the Lifter of our heads!