What do you “really” see

Comedic columnist Dave Barry wrote, “Almost half of the people over 40 believe they look younger than they are.  This says something important about older Americans: We have terrible eyesight.”  (AARP, February/March 2014, p. 41)  Just a note, I don’t read the AARP publication; someone told me about Barry’s comments!

Unfortunately, I believe, Christians of all ages have poor eyesight…missing so much of who and what are in their everyday world.  We are indeed, myopic.  We “are in our own little world” and see quite well there.  However, that limited view restricts our view of things around us.  And, while by some measures they may be just ordinary everyday things, they have the potential to be extraordinary if viewed with the proper “eyes”.

Here are some things I believe we miss seeing: Needs!  Opportunities!  God’s awesome creation!  People!  Children!  Babies!  God’s Word!  Sunsets!  Sunrises!  Stars!  The list is, of course, endless; one can’t see the end of it.

May I ask, have you stopped recently to “take in the scenery”?  Part of the problem is this, when you are traveling at a high rate of speed, it’s really difficult to “see and enjoy” the scenery.  We live life “holding on” rather than “reaching out”.  Thus, one of the first steps to better vision: slow down!

The Psalmist had several words to say about “seeing” but one of my favorites is in Psalm 66 where he wrote in verse 5: Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he does for his people. (NLT, emphasis mine)  Did you notice the adjective there? Awesome!

The apostle Paul, reminding the church at Corinth of some Old Testament words said this: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:8 NLT)

Some things, like heaven and eternity, might be beyond our mind’s eye and give us something to look forward to, but the things around us are ours for the seeing.  See them, investigate them, enjoy them, hold them, and give God praise for them!

While some of us may have some challenges with our physical eyesight, even with correction, we have the privilege of “seeing through the eyes of Jesus” and He has…perfect vision!

Pastor Bob

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