“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37-39
Perspective is a choice. The decision is hardest when our expectations do not match the reality we are facing. We sometimes feel like our situation victimizes us, stealing our choice away. But it does not. It just provides the context for our choice.
If, for example, we find ourselves stuck in traffic, there are two ways to perceive.
One is frustration. We are angered that the world did not meet the expectation of circumstances to which we are entitled. We cannot control our circumstances, so we react in anger. We decide that being mad at other drivers and poor road conditions and the city infrastructure is the proper perspective. In a sad sort of way, we decide that since we can’t control the traffic, we will instead destroy our joy, for that is something we do control.
The other option is to see the traffic jam as an opportunity. Take the unforeseen event as a chance to pray, to make a phone call to a friend, or to just take a deep breath. See the people as comrades, fellow humans, also trying to make their way in this world. Understand that others have plans as well. You aren’t the only one thwarted. And sometimes interruptions are opportunities.
Nothing can be done to change your circumstances. But no circumstance can keep you from the love of God. Nothing can separate you from the opportunity of today – to serve and love the risen King.
Your perspective can change. Your choice can be made.