I don’t know if you can tell from this picture, but there were spider webs all over the ground. I’d been hiking this trail for a long time and never noticed until recently.

I don’t know if it’s the way the light hits these webs that helped me see them for the first time. Or maybe I actually paid attention instead of being wrapped up in my own thoughts, as I can do from time to time. Or maybe it’s one of those things where once you notice it, you start seeing it everywhere.

It’s interesting how the slightest shift in perspective changes everything.

Once you shift from seeing your world through the lens of your troubles and trials and start seeing it through a God-filter, you see everything brand new and transformed. So what changed?

It’s the same world, same problems, same circumstances. But you’re different. You’re seeing things different. It’s almost like going from sleepwalking through life to finally being alert and awake.

It starts with “God, give me eyes to see the way You do. Help me see my life the way You see it.”

It starts with changing your mindset from entitlement to gratitude from cynicism to thankfulness. Giving thanks unlocks the miracles and allows you to see God at work in your world (thanks to Ann Voskamp for that bit of wisdom).

“Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missin’
Give Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see” (Brandon Heath/Jason David Ingram).

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