Walking in one direction around the lake gave me a singular perspective. The sky was totally overcast as I looked up and onward. A gray haze was settling in not too far above my head. It gave a dreary look to everything in front of me: the lake, the trees, the houses. And the effect on my mood was similar. I felt weighted down, sluggish, gray.
As I walked, a group of ducks who were feeding in a tightly moving circle, moved away from me, and I thought, how often that is the case: wild animals fearing humans will seek to get away from them. But personally, I internalized and felt rejected by these ducks.
As I came around the curve of the lake, I looked to see if the mountains too were submerged in gray, only to be pleasantly surprised to find that they were not! The sky was clearing from the west and the sun was able to illuminate the mountains beautifully. Above and around me was overcast, but in the distance, was the hope of a beautiful and sunny day.
My spirits were lifted, and my mood changed. The day took on a forecast of hope and promise. Miraculously, my outlook had totally improved just by turning my head around! God showed me that there was more to life than what I was choosing to focus on.
How long has it been since you turned your head and looked around? It seems that in the rush of today’s world, we don’t take the time to look around; not to see the beauty, or gain a new perspective. We’re so busy with our nose to the grindstone and our shoulder to the wheel and the weight of the world on our backs; we’re afraid of losing momentum. And yet sometimes, we need those moments to clarify what is around us now. Those adjustments of the neck help us reevaluate our situation or confirm that we are on the right track.
I decided to reverse my direction and cover the same ground, only from a new perspective with the sunny vista before me. There seemed to be more spring in my step as I retraced my path. Meeting up with the group of ducks again, I waited for them to flee from my approach. But they did not. They kept coming towards me, circling in their tight group, and continued by me as if I weren’t even there!
I looked back and saw the ducks; which I had presumed were judging me, were simply following their pattern of feeding: churning up algae to eat by paddling in a circle, moving slowly around the perimeter of the lake. I had mistakenly read something into their behavior that wasn’t there!
How often we do that in life. We allow our mood to be affected by external factors, and then mistakenly interpret the world around us. In doing this, we defeat ourselves!
Don’t allow that to happen!
Take a moment to straighten your neck, turn your head and look around you. Take in all 360 degrees plus what is above and beneath you. Allow God to show you what He wants you to see. Ask Him to help you refocus on the hope and future He has for you.