God can speak to use even in the most unimaginable of ways – even through Manga.
I was reading the latest chapter of Hajime No Ippo, (on mangastream), and had to stop and reflect in the middle because of this:
(If the image won’t display properly, the text simply states: “he’s not gauging the distance between them from his perspective, but from above” )
Mr. Kamogawa, the Boxing coach was commenting on his boxer’s (Itagaki’s) performance. Even though one of his eyes were swollen and shut, he could still evade his opponent’s punches, and even “follow” his opponent’s movements. And his simple secret was because he assessed the ring from above.
As usual, I don’t want to be allegoric. Yet the statement struck me with a double meaning: that we often assess things from our point of view, and not God’s. This of course, in turn, makes us narrow-minded in our decision making, because we are unable to see the big picture in the light of God’s sovereignty and the inter-connectedness of everything that happens in this universe.
Just as Itagaki’s (the boxer’s) thinking from simply watching his opponent to watching from above, replacing our perspective with God’s will surely help us see through a situation and emerge “victorious.”
Real life example:
Nick Vujicic grew up without limbs. From his perspective, everything looked hopeless, as if his life was not worth living. Yet when he realized how God may have had other plans for his life, everything changed:
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. -John 9:1-5 (NIV)
Some things to think about:
What major problem or situation are you facing right now? How are you viewing your problem?
How do you think can your situation or problem be seen from God’s point of view?