Just on the other side of the intersection, the street was filled with smoke billowing from one of the buildings. Through the smoke, I could see a fire engine parked on the side of the road, and behind that engine I saw the red and blue flashing lights of a police car.
Immediately the kids and I thought that surely there's a raging fire happening, something's burning down, and the traffic just ahead was going to get very snarled, very fast. How sad, I thought someone’s personal tragedy was playing out right in front of our eyes.
So it was with some trepidation that we went ahead through the light and drove straight past what we assumed would be a scene of devastation.
We were wrong.
As the angles straightened, and we could look at the scene from the proper perspective, the truth was far less dramatic.
The smoke was actually coming from the local Handy Mart here. They do an outdoor barbecue grill every Saturday. It just happened that as we were there, the wind was blowing the smoke down and across the street.
What I thought was a fire engine parked right outside the fire, was actually a fire engine parked about half a block farther down, past one of the side streets - no firemen in sight.
And the police car was at the end of that block, pulled over giving someone a traffic ticket for who knows what. The police car had nothing to do with either the fire engine, or the Handy Mart outdoor grill.
None of this was clear until the angles were correct.
If I'd turned at the intersection, I'd have left with the wrong impression - even though all my basic facts were correct. There WAS a fire, there WAS a parked engine, and there WAS a cop car, pulled to the side, with his lights on.
What wasn't immediately evident was the real truth behind all these facts.
Oftentimes in life, our biggest problem comes from the angle we’re looking at things. When we straighten out the perspectives, in our own minds, we might just see the solution readily available. That’s why our perspective should always be guided by the Bible. God’s Holy Word is the only straight angle that will keep us in the proper perspective.
That’s what this devotional book is about - following God’s perspectives.