Have you ever done the exercise where you gaze at an image of a silhouetted figure which, depending on how you look at it, presents two different pictures - the picture of an old woman or a young girl; a vase or two people facing each other?
If you look at them longer, your brain will usually see the possibility of both images, but mostly what you see depends on what your brain focuses on more.
This optical illusion depends on your perspective.
How we look at things can affect our mental health. Our natural tendency is to see through our personal perspective, and we can be glass half-full or glass half-empty people. However, we can reframe what we perceive by looking through the eyes of faith and not through eyes of fear. Intentionally believing God’s word on our circumstances helps to lower our stress response and anxiety levels, which will cause a shift in our thinking.
When we lose our hope, we can easily spiral downwards, but by adjusting our thinking we can spiral upwards. Positive thoughts will lead to positive behaviours, but negative thoughts lead to negative behaviours.
The Bible speaks many times of challenges and problems in life, and what out attitude should be. In Philippians 4:8-13 Paul tells us to focus on God and the positive things. You are not denying reality, but affirming there is always a way through the present difficulties of life. We have hope!
God can use our problems for good - to refine us, to develop us to be the person He created us to be, to be more like Jesus and achieve His purpose for our lives.
Recent psychological research has found that when a child has to cope with unexpected events, they develop resilience; they mature and become stronger and responsible adults.
So let us walk in faith and not in fear.
‘Child, you have to learn to see things in the right proportions. Learn to see great things great, and small things small.’
Corrie Ten Boom (Holocaust survivor)