When perspective sprinkles doubt like a salt shaker

“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…

If so,

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


Sharing with:    Dream God-sized Dreams      Jen,

     and http://ourshelteringtree.blogspot.com


Scripture References:  Isaiah 64:3,4;  Psalm 36:5; Book of Esther; 1 Kings 17:12, 13

photos:  http://www.fotosearch.com


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17 Responses to When perspective sprinkles doubt like a salt shaker

  1. Pam,
    Your post touched many raw nerves in me–I had a week from hell, sorry but no other way to put it. My belief in the medical system was put to the test, my grasp of inner strength felt like one single doctor was trying to rip it away from me. When he dared to tell me that I had no strength–I was in his face and yelled at him, telling him that he did NOT have a clue as to my determination and strength!

    I had to make the toughest decision, There will be NO surgery done on me! I will keep on the path, looking up to The Lord for HIS hand. I cried all the way home, and its taken day upon day for me to finally settle down.

    Just know your words touched me and I feel so blessed to know you. All I do ask is prayer, please when you have a chance, I will be so grateful for even one prayer.

    God bless you always. Martha

    • Martha, I have experienced a few weeks at a time of horrible sciatica… that helps me to have a tiny inkling of what you are going through, but I know it is massively more. I know Jehovah Rapha (God our healer) is the strength that also gives peace and I will keep praying His healing promises over you and with you. It means a lot to know that He spoke some comfort to you in this today… Someone told me something beautiful the other day,,, that God has written his word into every part of us, every cell, and His word is healing and light and life. I pray that over you too. May that the scriptures in that CD I sent speak his healing over you too…as only His word does.

      • Lynn Morrissey says:

        Martha, I don’t know you, but might I encourage you, too? I was just telling a woman the other day that after foot surgery, which was not healing well, I saw two other specialists who suggested surgery, one of which would have actually deformed my foot. I cried out to God in prayer, and in a mighty way, He showed me not to have the surgery. He showed me a medical advice (via my surgeon) which could be used on my foot to cause it to become flexible. Now, I walk perfectly. God can heal in any way He wants, and if He doesnt’ want you to have surgery, I know you will trust HIm. I pray that you will be fine,

  2. Lynn Morrissey says:

    Pam, I’ve missed reading your posts, and as far as I know, I’m up to date, b/c I receive notification by email. This is so lovely and so true. And I have been praying for vision this year–for God to give me eyes to see Him. He opened your eyes to a new perspective. Praise Him! Keep dreaming those dreams He’s given you and will fulfill!

    • Thank you, Lynn! I’ve missed blogging this week too, and hearing from everyone here. (I did link up a few old posts on Imperfect Prose, however.) Too many other things to do and not enough hours sometimes. I have had this in mind all week, but wasn’t really sure how it was going to evolve until I just sat down and started. Was hoping it would resonate with others. Yes, His perspective is the one I want above all… You keep dreaming too! 🙂

  3. Diane says:

    Beautiful, Pam, as always! Your posts always resonate deep within. God bless you!

  4. Dianne Hogue says:

    Simply exquisite–thank you–

  5. Mary says:

    It is so hard, that not everyone sees the same way – hard to know when to change and when to stand your ground, when you’re biased and when you’re right. So good to know that He is always working, always providing, always doing immesurably more than we can see or imagine! Thank you so much for sharing all this!

    And, if you might come visit me in my little corner of the Internet for a moment? I have something for you. Thank you so much, friend!

    • Yes, so true. It isn’t so much that I wasn’t willing. I went ahead with their perspective. But not sure it was “approved” any more than the first (no response), and that first one seemed to offer so much more. Hard to explain without going into details… I am so grateful to know that He is doing so much more than I see too! Thank you for encouraging words! I’ll go over and check out your site… 🙂

  6. Sandee says:

    Pam, I loved this and felt God speaking to my heart as well. He has really been working on me to leave the desperate need for others’ approval behind and focus only on Him – such joy and freedom in that. And Esther’s phrase “for such a time as this” always touches my soul. That’s why I named my blog with those words! Blessings and joy to you.

    • I’m so glad this spoke to you, too, Sandee. Thanks for letting me know that. I feel the same way about Esther’s phrase. It has left me awestruck many times these last few years as I think I’ve seen God making me a part of something larger that He’s doing at times. That He makes us His ambassadors, and puts His gifts in us, is an awesome thought. Love that you have that in your blog name. Sometimes I have to be concerned about earning through those gifts, but then I just also have to give it all to Him to provide. Just do them as pleasure to Him and leave the rest to Him. It is an ongoing word, isn’t it? Blessings and joy to you too! 🙂

  7. Julie Sunne says:

    Being still, seeking God’s guidance. That’s how are paths are straightened. That’s how a life of joy and contentment is possible. It’s all in the perspective. It’s all in His perspective. Blessings.

  8. Pam, we are ‘neighbors’ at the SDG link up this week. I thought about your oil references and about salt being shaken up….you are being salt and light and God is using His oil of anointing to bring to pass those dreams. Keep on trusting!
    This was beautiful.

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