Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Type in “North Pole Sunset” on Google and you will find what looks like a photo of tranquil waters at the North Pole, a sliver of moon hanging heavily above the setting sun.

But things are not always what they look like.

Although this image looks like a photograph, it is, in fact, the work of artist Inga Nielsen. She created “Hideaway” using a scenery generator program called Terragen™.

According to professional astronomers, Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell, Nielsen’s scene “could not exist anywhere on Earth because from Earth, the moon and the sun always have nearly the same angular size.”

Things are not always what they look like in our Christian walk either. Proverbs 14:12 tells us, “There is a way that seems right to a person, but eventually it ends in death.” Most of us have learned that not everything that looks like it would be good for us turns out to be so.

However, we often find it harder to accept that what looks like dire circumstances can turn out to be for our good. It is difficult to truly believe that, “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

David Brandt Berg, on his website says, “One of the most encouraging and comforting things that a Christian needs to realize and constantly remember--particularly when going through times of trouble, trials and tribulations--is that our Heavenly Father LOVES us, and is in absolute and total control of our lives!”

Are you in a loving relationship with God but facing a tough challenge right now that looks like no good could possibly come from it? God is there, watching over you, working for your good, empowering you to persevere, even in the worst hardships, bringing about what looks like the impossible—good!

Blessings upon blessings!

©2011 Pamela D. Williams