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Hope, Seeing Clearly, Words of Endurance

Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground,
absorbed with the things right in front of you.
Look up, and be alert
to what is going on around Christ—
that’s where the action is.
See things from his perspective.
COLOSSIANS 3:2 (THE MESSAGE)



Two D-Day veterans were interviewed for a program commemorating the 61st anniversary of the famous World War II battle. The first veteran was a marine who fought the battle on the ground on Omaha Beach. The other was an Army reconnaissance pilot. He fought the battle in the air high above the seashore.



The Marine described the scene on the sand that day as right out of the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” Men were dropping all around him. It looked hopeless. He began to despair and said to himself, We’re going to lose. I can’t believe it. We’re going to lose.



“That’s how I felt in the heat of the battle that day,” he told the interviewer.



The pilot, however, described a completely different scene. He told the interviewer that he could see everything that was going on including the number of troops on the ground and where they were headed. “I got so excited,” he explained, “because I could see the overall battle. I remember saying out loud, We’re gonna win! We’re gonna win!”



These two men were engaged in the same battle – for the same cause – on the same day. But they had two very different perspectives on the conflict and its probable outcome. When we are in the heat of the battle, surrounded by overwhelming circumstances, like the Marine on Omaha Beach, we also can feel hopeless and near defeat. That is when we need to see our situation from a different perspective. We need a reconnaissance perspective – and God is more than happy to provide it.



It’s what we trust in
but don’t yet see that keeps us going.
1 CORINTHIANS 5:7 (THE MESSAGE)



On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky

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Hope, Pain, Seeing Clearly, Words of Endurance

Wise men and women are always learning,
always listening for fresh insights.
PROVERBS 18:15 (THE MESSAGE)



Fresh insight – that is what is needed when we have a perspective meltdown due to the difficult times we all face. As I have gone through my perspective meltdowns and have watched others endure through it I have come to realize how shortsighted our human perspective is. We can’t see the whole picture but we live as if the little piece we do see is all there is!



In contrast, God sees the whole picture from beginning through eternity. He is the Alpha and the Omega. In our trials as we turn to Him and listen for fresh insights we can find hope and strength to endure by learning to view our life from God’s perspective – an Eternal Perspective.



I know it is not easy to always see your life from an Eternal Perspective especially when you are dealing with the painful here and now. But I am so grateful that God didn’t give up on me as I struggled to learn to see my suffering in light of eternity rather than what I could visually see and discern. I learned from His Word that …



There’s far more here than meets the eye.
The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow.
But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:18 (THE MESSAGE)



But while I would waver between the here and now and what will last forever – God never gave up on me. One of the really cool things I have learned about Him is that even when I lose sight of His Eternal Perspective – He still loves me! When I take my eyes off Him and become fixated on this journey because it is really hard and I am hurting – he doesn’t wag his finger at me! And when I get stuck and can’t see beyond my immediate circumstances He keeps encouraging me to look to Him because He wants me to see clearly what He can see.


And the Good News is that as I look to Him I am drawn closer to His heart where I find comfort, understanding, and clarity as I endure the journey. My eyes are opened to clearly see and embrace the bigger perspective that is all about trusting Him to lead me to eternity with Him.


We don’t yet see things clearly.
We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.
But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!
We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
1 CORINTHIANS 13:12 (THE MESSAGE)



On the journey with you,
Dave Dravecky

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