Have you ever noticed how different things look from an airplane?
I remember one airplane trip I took to California by way of Utah. We crossed over the snow-capped Rocky mountains and I was certain nothing could surpass their beauty. But then we came to a large copper mine in Utah followed by the Great Salt Lakes, I was captivated by their beauty.
I’m sure all of those things would have been lovely if I was viewing them from the ground, but they wouldn’t have compared to the magnificence I saw from above. Glorious!
Trials are kind of like airplanes. They give us the ability to see things differently, from a perspective we probably never have before.
For example, it’s a lot different when you think about cancer from the bedside than it is when you’re the one in the bed receiving chemotherapy and throwing up head over heels.
If we let them, trials have a way of increasing our capacity to love and care for others. The trivial falls away and the true is seen.
When you encounter a crisis, embrace what it has to teach you. Allow it to open your eyes to what you’ve never seen or experienced before.
Let the trial change you–for the better!
View from an airplane window by Marufish on flickr