In black you can read the word GOOD;
but the word EVIL also appears in white letters inside each black letter.
I love this simple optical illusion. It is amazing to me that within the simple word good, lurks another word with the exact opposite meaning.
perspective [pəˈspɛktɪv] n
1. a way of regarding situations, facts, etc., and judging their relative importance
2. the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivity
Perspective helps us to look at and understand those things that are both within us and around us. Like the picture of good and evil, things are often not quite like they appear. Often our first impressions just skim the surface and do not show us the real picture.
Life is like that. Seems like the things we most think we want or need have a habit of alluding us. Years later, when looked at through the glass of time and distance, we come to see that what we thought we wanted was not the thing that was best for us. I have discovered that when I look back and see what I had, the gifts that my Heavenly Father has given me are so much more than I ever imagined. For every trial, there is a joy unsurpassed. For every heartache, there is more love than I ever imagined.
My prayer today is that we may each strive a little harder to be a little patient with the person that our Heavenly Father is making of us. He knows exactly who He wants us to become. He knows what we need. He knows who we are. He knows us personally and loves us in spite of our worst (or even our best) selves.
We are children of God. He will build us, lift us, and magnify us if we will but hold our heads up, our arms out, and walk with Him.
“Keep perspective. When you have done all that you can reasonably do, rest the burden in the hands of the Lord. When I take a small pebble and place it directly in front of my eye, it takes on the appearance of a mighty boulder. It is all I can see. It becomes all-consuming—like the problems of a loved one that affect our lives every waking moment. When the things you realistically can do to help are done, leave the matter in the hands of the Lord and worry no more. Do not feel guilty because you cannot do more. Do not waste your energy on useless worry. The Lord will take the pebble that fills your vision and cast it down among the challenges you will face in your eternal progress. It will then be seen in perspective. In time, you will feel impressions and know how to give further help. You will find more peace and happiness, will not neglect others that need you, and will be able to give greater help because of that eternal perspective.” -Richard G. Scott (1988)