This conference had numerous physicians presenting on different aspects of this disease. On our last night of the conference, there was a special dinner dance. I looked around me at all the people who joyfully kicked up their heels, danced, and took pleasure in life. This is when I began to consider the power of perspective.
Some people with this disease have a mild form. But many others with a more severe strain demonstrated, by their outlook, that they have learned to live their life to the fullest. These precious individuals laughed, danced, helped others, and were cheerful and reciprocating in conversation. What causes some people to be content in life? And what makes others, with fewer problems, live unhappy existences?
Perspective probably has something to do with it, no matter what religion you uphold. Some people are naturally more optimistic, happier, or have the inner strength of a survivor. This is a fact. However, as Christians, we can choose to find extra strength and peace from Scripture — the reading, believing and obeying of it.
Proverbs 3 gives us encouragement to trust God much in the way that some of the people in the Old Testament did. David, Caleb, and countless others strove to serve and obey God. They acknowledged him and served him with eager and faithful hearts. As they dedicated their lives to God, he removed hindrances that could have blocked the path he had created for them. Life did not always go as they expected — God does not promise us that. But God did give them victory in his own way. He did not forsake them.
None of us knows what life holds. As I sit at this conference, I look at many people who are, or will become, sick. I understand that God knows the plans he has for them and for me. When we pray and obey God, we can expect peace and his strength to get us through. We cannot anticipate perfection. God promises that he will never give us more than we can handle. But we need to allow Him to be our strength and help us turn our cheek and thus our vision toward His perspective. In this way, we have the opportunity to derive a fresh viewpoint; God's perspective. Once we have attained that, we can submit to his peace — no matter the circumstances.
THE REV. KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN can be reached at holyhouse9aol.com or by mail at Holy House Ministries c/o the Rev. Kimberlie Zakarian, 9641 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042.