Take a look at this picture! Which is it? Is it a clouded sky at sunset, or is it ocean waves colliding against a shoreline? I spoke at a men’s retreat recently and a gentleman who was there sent me some of his incredible photos. This is just one of them. It captures beauty. It embraces creativity. Glory speaks.
This particular picture screams out the word perspective – for me. It is really how one looks at it. It could be the clouded sky at sunset. It could be oceans waves running up against the shore. However you or I see it, it still looks beautiful. Doesn’t it? It causes me to ponder life.
I want answers. I think we all do. Yet, at times things unfortunately remain mysterious for you, for me. We can not see the end result. It drives us crazy. So, perspective has it. Which is it? What do you make of it? How are you contemplating life at hand?
I strive to be an optimist, and I feel that I have done a descent job. Still… the moments remain when I miss the beauty in opportunity. I let my heart be elsewhere, consumed, worried, and frazzled. Oh yes, it can be exhilarating to gawk at the mysterious, gaze in it from afar. There is that thrill of deciphering scenarios, and piecing everything together to emulate the perfect picture. No question. I don’t know about you, but that is absolutely exhausting. I just need to enjoy the ride.
Maybe, the picture I have for my life isn’t the picture God wants me to see now, or ever. He may want me to stare at life differently to see the beauty that I may have missed. Life is beautiful anyway you look at it. Dreams still ensue regardless. Hopes come alive nonetheless. I may not even know the end result of why, when, where. Indeed! However, I can discover beauty at every twist, turn, and curve along my way that I would not have realized otherwise.
Perspective simply screams. So, which is it? Clouded skies, or ocean waves? What do I make of it? Either way you look at this photo beauty is evident. So too, it is with life. I just have to stop to look long enough and bask in the glory that surrounds.
It makes me think of one of my favorite quotes. “You can be bitter, or you can choose to be better”. If I choose the latter, therein beauty resides.