From episode: A Fresh Start Brings a Valuable Perspective
It's tempting to believe that the only way to solve our problems is to get rid of them. And we don't know if this is like a learning moment for our God (referring to the story of Noah, when God decided never to flood the earth again), you know, just experiencing humanity and learning how to be a good father. God is eternal, so we know he knows the beginning from the end. But he also allowed himself to share in some of these human traits. And the Lord even repents. We see that in the story of Moses. And it happens more than once. Some translations use the word relent. It still means repent, though. It means he changed the way he thought about what was happening, and he acted differently because of that change of thought. So, what if your problem was no longer there? What would it feel like to start over for you? It's a perspective thing, right? So, when we're in the midst of our situation, the harsh realities, everything we're so familiar with, it just can get so overwhelming. We've made these efforts, they created this, and there's good and bad fruit. I'm confused. I don't know exactly how to move forward. But sometimes we need the perspective of what it would feel like if that problem really wasn't there anymore, and we can sort out some of our emotions because of that and some of the ways we understand things. Our current experience can overwhelm our ability to make wise choices. And so it's helpful sometimes to imagine the reality of not having the problem and what it would feel like in the current world that we're in. Sometimes, this is the kind of rescue that we need. We need the perspective to be different.