With God's Eyes
2 Corinthians 4:1-2,16-18 MSG
“Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.....So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”
When I was a little girl I hated wearing my glasses. I used to find all sorts of places to hide, lose or liberate them. I left them in a drawer when we were moving my aunt, up in trees, by the pool and anywhere I thought of to “lose” them. The problem was that without my glasses I couldn't see things clearly. As time progressed I began to understand how important seeing clearly really is. Whenever a new idea was pitched at work, school or in the church setting, I tried to discover a 3D picture. My brain sought as hard as possible to see a fuller picture of what was needed.
Developing a three dimensional picture or vision is just as important in our relationship with God. As we grow in our relationships with one another and God we begin to see how we sin and fall short. There are times we are willing to open our eyes and see the brokenness that God sees every day. However there are many times when we choose to not see the pride, greed, fear, and brokenness all around us. Choosing to see the struggles in the lives of others is the first step to seeing through God’s eyes.
The God we worship and serve is loving and faithful, always willing to be in the midst of success and challenge, struggle and joy. We may try to put our best image forward, but God always knows our heart and responds with love, fulfilling our innermost needs.
There are times when we choose to not see the pain in the eyes of another, but God never chooses to leave or to be emotionally-absent. God is present in all ways, showing us the perfect peace of Jesus Christ.
During this Lenten season, we are reminded of God’s call to Christ to be present and respond always in love. May we feel encouraged that God is always reaching out to us in love and reminding us that God is faithful, loving, compassionate and always present in our lives.
Prayer: Lord, guide us on our journey, helping us to see you more clearly and respond in love. May all we do proclaim your peace. Open our hearts to see you and living as children of your Light and Hope. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.