Devotions By Jan

Painting Perspectives

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cliff,illusion,pavementart,perspective-b55cb33ff016c33bb6f6ae839c88c457_hScripture for Today: Colossians 3:1-2 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your heart on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Artists understand that perspective is everything in creating their work.  Without it, a painting seems dull, flat, and uninspiring.  Edgar Mueller, a German sidewalk artist, creates the illusion of a 3D image with his art.  This painting is called, “The Crevasse,” and was created in Ireland in 2008 for the Festival of World Culture.  The art plays with our minds, creating perspectives that do not match up with reality.

Today’s verse is all about perspective.  Paul tells believers to set their minds on things above.  Our minds and our hearts are to be changed by an eternal perspective.  What we see on earth does not match up with spiritual realities.  What we see, touch and feel around us are not eternal.  They are real but they will not last.  When we set our minds and hearts on the realities of Heaven, it changes how we view that difficulty.  It affects how we see our problems.  What can loom so large in our perspective is only “light and momentary trouble.” (II Cor. 4:17)  All the hard things in this life are, “achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

I do not think I am at risk of being so heaven;y minded that I am of no earthly good!  On the contrary, the more I consider what is eternal, the more I see hope in the middle of heartache.  It will be worth it all when I see Jesus!  Life trials will seem so small when I see Him.

Change my perspective, Lord.  Help me see You today instead of my problems.

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