“I can’t find it dad!!!” says my 8-year-old son, scared and almost crying. When I looked to see where he was I was scared and almost started crying! He was at the top of a 25-foot pine tree!!! My heart is racing, and I tell him (as calmly as I could muster), “Ok son, just come down from the tree and I’ll find your boomerang.” He comes down from the tree, his voice shaking because he wanted to find his boomerang so bad (I’m saying, “Slowly” every few seconds). I send Jaren in for bed-time routine, just happy he’s safe.
NOW, it’s time to make good on my promise and find the boomerang!!! From the ground I looked all over the tree and couldn’t find it – I was going to have to climb – aaahh! Climbing a dense pine tree, I’m getting sap everywhere, poked in the eye a couple time with branches, and as I get higher, each branch creaks a little more under my weight. Jaren told me it was very high up, but part way through the climb I decide to turn around and survey everything around me. Sure enough, about 10 feet up the tree, way out on the branch in some thick foliage I spot my son’s boomerang! After a broom and some shaking the tree, I have a very happy 8 year old! God spoke to me through this …
- The breakthrough you’re looking for isn’t always as hard as you think. My son was 25 feet up and nowhere near his boomerang. If your search for breakthrough involves fear and crying you might be striving too hard.
- Stop and look around in the Spirit. Your breakthrough might not be as hard, but it requires a change in perspective – Stop, turn around from the mess you’re focused on and your source of fear, and see something else in your spirit.
God said, “See (Look!), I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19) The problem is not what God is doing or not doing, it’s in your perception of His work in your life. Are you taking the time to see what God is doing in your world? Do that right now. Turn around, and ask God, “What should I see in Your world right now?”