It is all around.
It is where the small details become very relevant.
Piecing together each one and working towards a conclusion, the eyes of an investigator see all things as a possible lead, knowing that together they tell the complete story.
A thorough look at each scene that has taken place, whilst keeping an open mind to every possibility would be a very necessary ability.
I am not personally a Crime Scene Investigator, but do believe I can learn from the way they operate.
The greatest would be to keep my focus on the bigger picture and take in every piece of evidence before coming to a conclusion or making an assumption.
(I have found that making an assumption often causes incorrect decisions or actions.)
Recently I used this analogy in a personal experience. I would love to share this, as you may find it helpful also.
The experience was more emotional than physical and fed very well through the mind, and although there was no factual evidence to support the negative and very destructive thought patterns, they continued. So much so that the thoughts lead to a very depressive atmosphere felt not only by myself, but also by others sharing life’s journey with us.
There was a ‘sense’ that was not able to be categorized as either good or bad; it was in itself a ‘knowing’ that there was something about to unfold. Regardless of the lack of evidence or whether the outcome would be for or against us, the pulling was, as it often is, towards the negative.
Why is the negative the one that speaks the loudest? And why does this seems to be the most believable option?
Travelling on in this pattern for several days, the fruit was beginning to show and the situation was becoming very serious. There was an ongoing questioning of our lives, and every move we made, an atmosphere of a bleak outcome heading our way, and a growing tendency to bicker at each other.
With every move being questioned, it was becoming obvious that ‘divide and conquer’ was in place. Should we no longer be a strong ‘together’ force, there was no chance of success in our world.
It was at this point that I began to look at the situation in a factual sense, piecing together only what was clearly the truth, removing myself emotionally, (well as much as I could), so we could put in place the necessary steps.
We could not continue on this path.
To assist us in doing this we asked questions like:
- If we had our time again, would we do the same?
- Do we believe that the moves we have made were the correct ones?
- Are we doing all that we can to the best of our ability?
- Do we really believe that God has our best at heart?
Reflecting on these and accepting that life ‘happens’ to us all, the view from where we were standing became clearer and more achievable. With clarity of mind and a full awareness of the effects of feeding our minds the wrong thoughts we were able to begin a new day with a new mindset.
How many times does the enemy lie to us and cause us to see only what he wants us to!
This is not to say that we do not or will not think in a negative way again, but through it all, I have learnt that taking each circumstance/challenge and breaking it down to obtain the evidence to back it up, allows for a clearer and more positive mindset.
It truly is so important to keep our mind free from bad thoughts. As God instructs:
“…..I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Philippians 4:8 (MSG)
So although I am not a Crime Scene Expert, I have learnt that standing before our enemy with facts is helpful and necessary to see the truth.