“When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” [Isaiah 6:15-17]

How you see your life and your circumstances matter.

Sounds cliché, but how is it that some people view the same glass of water as half full or half empty? Perspective.

There are two homeless women in the ministry I work for with very similar backgrounds and have been given the same resources. One is constantly joyful and grateful for how far she’s come. She refuses to believe she is victim anymore, but rather an overcomer and is hopeful for the future God has planned for her. The other cannot seem to move forward and is constantly struggling. I’ve found that their perspectives on how they view their lives couldn’t be more opposite.

The story of Elisha and the servant of the man of God also viewed the same situation vastly different. Elisha saw the strength and power of God’s army, and the servant saw defeat — until God opened his eyes. That’s it! God opened his eyes and his perspective changed.

A big game changer for me was when I saw that some of the “not so pretty” moments in my life were actually critical in me getting to where I am today. They were life-defining moments that actually made me a better woman. When I had a realization that my past actually propelled me forward, the sting of the pain subsided. Perspective gave me freedom!

Friends, we need a shift in how we see the circumstances we face. When we see according to how God sees, our actions and behaviors change. My prayer for you today is that God would open your eyes like he did for Elisha – in Jesus name!