It’s been raining a lot in the last month or so here in Sacramento, and it’s been quite a blessing! Throughout California, we’ve been getting so much precipitation that it’s made a significant impact on the drought. Now, for some of those people in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, the abundance of snow might not feel like a blessing. In fact, there’s been so much snow up there, that people have been getting stuck in traffics jams and been unable to leave the area. I also know that the cold temperatures and rain are troublesome, at best, for the many homeless people in and around Sacramento. Could I really say then that the recent rains have been a blessing? I suppose it’s all a matter of perspective.

Our perspective determines the tone of our lives. When I lived in Santa Barbara, it bothered me when I heard someone complaining about property taxes. I didn’t own a house in Santa Barbara, and I couldn’t afford to buy a house in Santa Barbara. One of the most lucrative and desirable markets in the world, so I was bothered when I heard the complaints. I suppose, in the same way, someone without a home would have been bothered to hear me complaining about having to pay so much in rent. After all, they lived on the street and couldn’t afford someplace to live. They didn’t even know when they would be eating next.

Our perspective determines the tone of the day. Sometimes I wake up with my back hurting. When I stand up, my back hurts, and when I sit down, my back hurts. I have a choice. I could focus on my hurting back and complain about it, or I could not. I could remember a friend of mine who used to be able to walk, and now he’s stuck in bed all the time, unable to get up and feel his body. I could think of all of those people without a bed to sleep in or those who didn’t wake up.

Our perspective determines how we receive our blessings. When Abraham and Sarah were told they were going to have a child, they responded in similar ways.

Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”

Genesis 17:17 (NIV)

Abraham laughed in joy and marveled at this amazing blessing from the Lord. Abraham’s questions, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” weren’t questions of doubt about what he had been told. These were questions of amazement. I’m reminded of Mary when she was told by the angel, Gabriel, that she, a virgin, would give birth to a child. “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34 NIV) There’s a process, a natural order of how things happen. One hundred-year-old men and ninety-year-old women don’t have children at those ages, and virgins don’t give birth.

Abraham and Mary both believed God. They believed God to be greater. They believed God would do what He said He would do. Even if it seemed to defy the natural order of things. After all, God set the natural order into place.

Sarah also laughed when she heard she was going to have a child.

So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

Genesis 18:12 (NIV)

I was hesitant to say that Sarah laughed in unbelief, but the questions the Lord asked of Abraham, and Sarah’s response tells me she didn’t believe God.

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”

Sarah believed that she and her husband were too old to have a child. After all, they were too old to have children, except God had something else to say about it.

I see a parallel between Sarah and Zechariah and their reception of a blessing like I do with Mary and Abraham.

“How can I be sure of this?” Zechariah asked the angel. “I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.”

Luke 1:18 (NIV)

Sarah didn’t have the benefit of Zechariah’s experience. Zechariah expresses disbelief about something he believes to be impossible. He and Elizabeth are old and beyond natural child-bearing years. However, Zechariah has the testimony of Abraham and Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca, and Hannah. All of whom were childless until the Lord gave them children. Abraham and Sarah, specifically, were elderly, like Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth.

When we wake up and see the world through our perspective, then we’re not seeing the big picture. This is why we need to pray when we wake up. This is why we need to seek God in prayer, and through the reading of the Bible. This is how our minds are renewed and our perspective changes to see the world how God sees the world. If we find ourselves thinking things don’t look right, then perhaps we need a change of perspective. God’s.

Do you know God? God knows you, and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.