“It’s not quite…right,” she says. “We think this should be changed. And this,” she points out.
I open my palms to perspective. The same subject through a camera lens has multiple angles and viewpoints.
I study it again. See through another’s eyes. Begin to question myself. Try it another way, then look again at the first and think… I see…more…in this. Why is it not resonating? Will this end before it really begins?
“I feel the same way,” He speaks through this. “So many perspectives racing over one another, sometimes My Own…miss My Heart. “I stand up close, but they can’t see because they are looking too far beyond.”
Telephoto vs. wide angle.
I remember a story I read of one of the most moving scenes Jimmy Stewart portrayed. Director Frank Capra had called for a wide angle shot, filming the star weeping in prayer from a distance. The scene, so vividly real and in the moment, could not be replicated. So Capra worked throughout the night, cutting and splicing until he transformed the image, brought the viewer right up to George Bailey’s trembling lips. Made us one with his broken spirit and desperate prayer.
I close my eyes. “Show me how to just sit with You and listen,” I say, sotto voce. Because right now, I feel like I’ve gone one step forward and am suddenly losing ground. “What is Your perspective?”
From Isaiah, I glean: “For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”
From the wordsinger of Psalms, I hear: Your Love O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies…”
Queen Esther tolls a bell of beauty that rings across my spirit with promise: We have found favor with our King, for such a time as this…
And Elijah shows me…wonder.
“As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied [to Elijah], “I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug…,” stating her very real perspective.
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid…For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry…’”
Gently, He tips my chin to look away from self-doubts, dream-crusher perspectives.
And encourages… He is stitching the dreams we long to follow.
Today, I have a thought you may also be feeling pressed in… shaken off…
He is holding these words, and placing them as a seal on our hearts …
I am acting on your behalf…right now. In joyous ways beyond your wildest expectations.
My love and faithfulness far exceed all you can see or hold.
I have tailored a God-sized dream in you…for such a time as this. Look not to the right or to the left for approbation. My favor and anointing are on you.
I provide pressed down, shaken and flowing over… so your oil will not run dry… but produce light and life and healing.
© Pam Depoyan
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Scripture References: Isaiah 64:3,4; Psalm 36:5; Book of Esther; 1 Kings 17:12, 13