I remember looking at a sign in Victoria that contained the word “Leopold” which took me to thoughts of the old Bugs Bunny cartoon in which the great conductor, Leopold, would be performing. The connection is not what helped me read the word, but it was a connection that had me chuckling in the thinking of it.
Later, as my late husband and I traveled to Corpus Christi, we passed a road named “Leopard,” and Leopold pronunciation ran through my head. So, rather than saying LEP-urd, like I should have said, I said, LEE-O-Pard. Now, my poor, long-suffering husband said nothing to me and allowed me to continue saying the word incorrectly. He knew me well enough to know that sometimes I make plays on words, and, perhaps, this was one of those times.
As I continued to say it incorrectly, his niece said the word correctly, and the light bulb went off in my head.
I have such brain freezes at times!
Some would question my ability to have been on the Dean’s List for grades in college during my master’s stint. Even I question it at times when I make such obvious errors.
When we look at life through certain “eyes,” however, it is hard to envision the newness of life until something drastic happens. Perhaps it is a death, a betrayal, a victory, or finally seeing the sunshine after having been through difficult times.
This “new” view can also come about at the acceptance of Christ into our lives. I remember having been told that I worry too much about everything and about nothing in particular. I also remember the day that I accepted Christ into my life. I literally felt a weight lifted from my shoulders.
It was the most refreshing feeling I think I had ever had, and yet, I find myself pushing God out of the way repeatedly to carry, once again, the worries I once found so debilitating.
Daily, I lift up those things that would keep me from being all that I can be in Him. Sadly, I do not always succeed, but, I am still a work in progress, and I know that He hasn’t given up on me yet. I will trust in Him to continue to carry me, because, after all, He wrote the story for my life.
We read in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you.” We also read in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
This leads me to Romans 6:4; “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
For us to change our perspectives takes but a moment, though it can be a difficult one ultimately to reach. Understanding that we see life through new eyes is easy; application of said principle is something of a challenge!