A lot depends on your point of view.
If someone is generally unhappy, they may say,
“What an awful, gray and rainy day. I should have stayed in bed this morning.”
If someone just said “Yes” to a marriage proposal while at breakfast on that very same morning, they may say,
“This is the most wonderful day I could’ve imagined! I will remember those soft drops of rain on our umbrella and the beautiful clouds forever!”
Same gray clouds.
So, what’s the difference?
It’s how we see things.
I photographed a swallowtail butterfly in my yard a while ago.
In the back of my mind somewhere, I thought I remembered that there was something special about a butterfly’s vision.
Doing a little research, I found that swallowtail butterflies can see ultraviolet, purple, blue, green, red and wideband light from red to purple.
There has been a lot of research on just what a swallowtail can see and how it sees it.
There’s even research about why they see like they do.
Although I can’t tell the difference between how a butterfly views my backyard and how I view it, I can easily assume that it’s not the same.
For one thing, I can’t see ultraviolet light.
The psalmist says,
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
If I am looking at life with eyes that have been enlightened by God’s guidance, my viewpoint will be vastly different from that of others.
Through every situation, whether it be a happy occasion or a difficult trial, we will not perceive it in the same way.
As a swallowtail butterfly sees ultraviolet light, so we can perceive the love and direction of God in our lives.
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