“Isn’t perception reality?”
I was asked this question today and it has been rolling around in my head, ever since. I originally answered that question with, “Truth is reality! Perception is your opinion of reality.”
God placed it on my heart to delve into this deeper and I feel strongly that this question has given me a new perspective on this person’s perception of reality.
What does perception mean?
The state of being or process of becoming aware of something through the senses:
The perception of pain
A way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression:
Hollywood’s perception of the tastes of the American public
We need to challenge many popular perceptions of old age
Intuitive understanding and insight:
“He wouldn’t have accepted,” said my mother with unusual perception
This question was asked under the second definition of perception; it was this person’s interpretation of the situation that was fueling the question. It was their desire to be right about a statement they said to me that prompted this question.
A statement that I refuted brought these words out of their mouth…
“Isn’t perception reality?”
I will admit to being, initially, stunned by the question. It took me a minute to even respond. It was a “Are you kidding me moment?”
It was also a God moment. It was a chance for God to bring some understanding to me about this person. This person believes that their perception of a situation or person is reality. They are only using their ability to understand and interpret to characterize what is true and real…for them.
We are limiting reality when we only allow our perceptions to identify our world.
Don’t we do this with God too? We place God in a space much too small to contain Him and we underestimate His abilities through our limited understanding of His supernatural power.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
If I believe that all things work together for God for those who love Him (Romans 8:28), and I do believe this, then I know that God was working in my life today. The “Isn’t perception reality” question irritated me, at first. Now, it makes me want to praise God!!!
God used that question to bring some insight and perspective into my reality, and maybe that was the whole purpose of the question. I think I need to change my answer to this question to, “God’s TRUTH is reality! Your perception, minus God, is your opinion of reality.”
Thank You for the people in my life. Thank You that they make me think and that You use them to help me become the person You created me to be. Help me, Lord, to not limit anyone by my perceptions or perspective. Keep reminding me and nudging me to come to You and allow You to define my perceptions of others and YOU!!! Give me a godly perspective in all my circumstances. To You I give all the honor and glory for my life and my words, that are pleasing to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.