While in the car this afternoon, my son asked, "Mommy, why does it look like the car is all of the road and out of the lane?" It took me a minute to figure out what he was asking. No, he was not stating that my driving was that bad. :) I realized from his seat and looking out the windshield, it looked as if the car was out of the lane. I remember having that same thought as a child. It always appeared that the car was too big for the lane (when seated inside the vehicle).
I told him, "Oh, it is all in your perspective." That small sentence hit me like a brick. I had been having a very rough day and I needed to be reminded to keep things in perspective (insert God and a random discussion about the size of a car and lane). As I gathered my thoughts, I continued explaining how the car looks so much bigger when you are inside. But when you are outside or looking at the car in front of you, it fits perfectly in the lane. I told him it was his perspective that made it look different. I explained when you change your perspective, the issue appears differently.
This seemed so simple to him, after all, he was just asking about the lane and the car. Little did he know, that I needed the same conversation in order to change my current perspective. It it similar to looking at a building up close or a mile away. Up close, the building seems huge but move a mile away and you can cover the building with the palm of your hand. I have to remind myself of this when life seems a bit too hard. It all has to do with perspective.
Easier said than done, but necessary to continue driving to your destination.
I thought this was a great picture to demonstrate perspective. This is my family on the beach this past summer. My cousin took the picture from our condo on the 22nd floor plus she had her camera zoomed in all the way. Look how tiny we look! Also, look how massive the water appears. God controls waters bigger than we can imagine plus he takes the time to hold even the smallest of things in the palm of his hand. It kind of put things in perspective... :)
"Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to Him then they are?" Matthew 6:26