Acute or obtuse, I want a right angle

blogIMG_2465You know how some occurrences just make you scratch your head and truly ponder how such a happening transpired?

You study it.  You carefully consider it.  You think and think and think it over some more.  You check it out from every conceivable angle.    And you still can’t figure it out.

That’s life, isn’t it?  Why do difficult events take place in some folks’ lives but not in others?  Why do some have their hearts broken into a million pieces and others live happily ever after? 

Why do some souls endure hardship after hardship while others coast through life with few or infrequent troubles? Why do some people make promises and keep them while others spout off empty words but break their vows at the drop of a hat?

This week’s photo challenge theme is “from every angle” and as many times as I try to figure life out from every angle, sometimes the reason things happen the way they do is elusive. 

I never was much of a mathematician (we English majors often have an aversion to math) but I do recall learning about angles.  Acute angles, right angles, obtuse angles.  I remember those.  And I vaguely remember something about straight angles and reflex angles.  There are positive and negative angles too.

Sounds just like life, doesn’t it?  And human relationships too.  Sometimes there is less (acute) than you’d like in a relationship while other times there’s much more (obtuse).  And sometimes, if we feel fortunate or lucky or blessed or whatever you want to call it, we believe we are in a right (exact) angle relationship with another person.

I saw a quote on Facebook recently that said, “People with good intentions make promises.  People with good character keep them.”  And there’s the rub.  How can we ascertain who has good character and who doesn’t?

We can study a person from every angle.  We can watch him interact with others.  We can converse with her.  We can hear her words and observe his facial expressions and body language.   

We can examine, we can consider, and we can scrutinize a person from every angle. 

Every. Single. Angle.  

But we can know a person for years and still not really know him or her.  Why? Because we can’t know what goes through that other person’s mind.  We don’t know her thoughts.  We don’t know his secrets.

It comes down to a matter of trust.  And sometimes that trust gets broken.  Smashed into bits.  It’s a part of living and breathing on this planet we call Earth. 

If we spent all of our time examining everything from every angle, we’d probably never step out in faith.  We’d never move forward.  We’d never take the plunge into trusting anyone any more.

I don’t want to live that way and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to either.  So what do we do?  We let every angle lead us to only one place.  The only place that’s important.  The cross.  And the only One who ever lived on this earth that we can place absolute trust in – Jesus.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.” John 14:6-7

And when life doesn’t make sense – no matter what angle I view it from – and my loved ones or I are wounded by betrayal, broken by disappointment, or disillusioned by life itself, all angles lead me to the cross.

What about you? Have you tried every angle and still have no peace? Watch this video –  Lead Me – and let all the angles go straight to Him.

“The best angle from which to approach a problem is the try-angle.” ~ Unknown



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