Pastors Ponderings

I suspect most people have seen this picture before but in case not, let me explain.
Depending on your perspective you will either see an old woman or a young lady. Right now I’m sick, so all I can see is old woman—but I digress.
I think this picture illustrates what it is to see life by faith because faith paints a totally different picture from the one that world shows us.
You can look at a situation one way and come to a conclusion about it and you would be right. However, there is another way of looking at it which paints a totally different picture. It’s equally possible that try as hard as you can you just can’t see the other picture; can’t see that other possibility about your situation.
Our God is a God of paradox; He loves to do the impossible. How does Romans 4:17 put it?
“God who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were”.
 Faith is the ability to see as God sees; the ability to see the things that are not as though they were.
The question is how do we have eyes of faith so that we are able to look at a situation and see a different picture than from the obvious one before us? Actually, I am learning that there is a lot we can do but I’ve started with this one simple thing. I’m asking the Lord to give me the ability to look at a situation and see the picture that faith would paint before me. None of us can do anything without the Lord, He is always our source and Corinthians says that faith is a gift from Holy Spirit. Therefore, I am asking for the gift of faith to see the young woman as well as the blindly obvious old one.
Blessings… Julie