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There was a stream that ran from the nearby mountains through a park by my house where I grew up. We would often catch tadpoles and skip rocks on the little stream. When I was about 7 years old, my mom, who was a fourth grade teacher, told me to bring home some of the pond water home in a plastic bag. She brought one of the high-powered microscopes home that her class was using and told me that I could look at the pond water. As I looked with my own eyes into the bag of clear water, I was hesitant. It sounded pretty boring. I would much rather go outside and ride bikes (something kids used to do in the old days before exciting video games). She looked like she was going to be disappointed if I didn’t seem excited to do school work at home so I decided to humor her. However, I was absolutely sure that I was going to regret carrying out this mundane exercise…looking at nothing.             My mom helped me to use an eye dropper to put a couple drops of water on a slide and to cover it. She also helped me to focus the microscope and told me to look at the clear water through the microscope. I probably sighed, knowing that I would see absolutely nothing interesting. However, to my great surprise, there was a whole magnificent world of aliens in that water! I had to look through the microscope and then look back at the water on the slide several times. I could not believe that the clear, boring water contained a zoo of strange, moving creatures. There were amazing beings with long whipping tails swimming about and others with multiple swirling tails. Some had one tail while others had several. Some of the amoeba moved slowly while others pulsated. The incredible thing was that you could see through their cute little bodies. When I showed my kids a picture of what I saw then, they said, “They look like crazy Pokemon!”             What I learned that day is that there are always different perspectives of the same things in life. What I eventually learned is that we always need to see the events of this world from two perspectives – ours and God’s. Our perspective is often filled with anxiety, negativity, cynicism, anger, and confusion. You don’t have to watch the news for very long to realize this. God’s perspective, on the other hand, is always orderly, purposeful, hopeful, and good. We always need to take the time to try to see the world through God’s eyes and through the lens of His sovereign perspective. In every case, the Lord’s perspective is not only much different from ours, it is infinitely more amazing and beautiful.  God tells us throughout the Bible that His perspective on humanity is far different from our perspective. When Samuel was going to pass over young David in favor of his older, stronger brother, the LORD said, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) While Jesus was walking on earth, some children were brought to Jesus to receive prayer and to talk with Him. His disciples, seeing the situation through our earthly perspective, wanted to prevent Jesus from being bothered by annoying children. However, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14) It took Jesus’ disciples many years of following Him to be able to see life and the world through 2 perspectives – their earthly perspective and God’s perspective. Being able to develop that Christ-like perspective is a lifelong and difficult process of daily study in God’s Word and sharpening one another as iron sharpens iron through the discussion of truth. How are you doing in your pursuit of obtaining “God’s lens”? Recently, the major newspapers are saying that it is possible that 2.5 million people in the US could die. Many more millions may perish around the world. When we look at the condition of the church, it looks as though Satan will succeed in dealing a might blow to the church. It may take many months before our churches will be able to meet again. By that time, some pastors will have had to take on other kinds of work in order to make ends meet.  I have personally heard of many who have been laid off from work because of our dying economy. Some expect major looting to occur. We may fall into economic collapse. The bad news goes on and on. From the world’s perspective, we may be heading into a horrific doomsday scenario.  However, we need to see the unfolding events through God’s eyes. We need to remember the truths that empower us to see things through His perspective. He is about to do some amazing, beautiful, and awe-inspiring things for Christ’s glory and for His Name throughout the world. He is also going to cause His church to rise up with a whole new fearlessness and courage for Christ’s Kingdom in the midst of all the chaos and discouragement. We will see thousands who never considered Jesus or His Gospel turning to Him in repentance and faith through the ministry of the church. We can see these things that are about to occur because we know that God works all things for His glory and for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8) We also know that “He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we could ask for or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20) Try to imagine all that God is going to do in these seemingly bleak times, and know that you are nowhere close to what He is actually going to do. As we pray, fast, and cry out together as a church, ask the Lord to allow you to see things through the eyes of faith. Will you join us as we fast and pray together for His Name?