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Horses do not sit down!
One afternoon as I walked by my horse's stall I saw that he was lying down. He rarely does this, so I quickly grabbed my camera and started taking pictures of him. As I clicked off frames, my horse began to stand up, but he stopped halfway, with his hind end still on the ground while his front legs were straight. He was using his front legs for balance before pulling himself to a standing position. When a friend of mine saw this picture, she said, "Oh look, here's a picture of your horse sitting down." As I examined the photo, I realized that from her point of view the horse really did look as though he were just sitting in his stall. But horses do not sit. This was actually a photo of my horse in the process of standing up.
When I explained the situation to my friend, we both had a good laugh. But the more I thought about this, the more fascinated I became. My friend and I were both looking at the same picture, yet we saw two totally different things. Why? Because I was looking beyond the picture, applying the knowledge I have about horses to my view of the photograph.
This is exactly what I try to do with the material circumstances confronting me every day. I use my knowledge and understanding of God to look beyond the "picture" in front of me. What's more, as understanding God better spiritualizes my perception of things, my experience itself improves.
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A call for rethinking in the nursing profession
by Kim Shippey
The healing light of nursing
Each one, a nurse
Horses do not sit down!
Karen Holmes Jameson
Transforming chaos into calm
Jesus: the great Teacher
Richard C. Bergenheim
The light of God in a very dark hole
Karen Ann Noble
with contributions from Katharine LaZansky, Lorna LaZansky, Emma O'Loughlin, Jacquelyn Weiner
Spiritual healing—dissolving separation
William E. Moody
When my first baby was due, it did not seem possible to arrange...
Nancy Joy Potter
A few years ago I was at work one day, inputting information...
It was just after breakfast when I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder
Alex Rockwood with contributions from Carol S. Rockwood
One time I was walking through the garage and my mom was...
Mitchell Wyly with contributions from Barbara Wyly