A painter sees the world in color; a sculptor in form; a musician “sees” the world in sound; and an economist in goods or products that are marketable.
This “window picture” shared with this brief message is from our Guest Room view. Using an art adaption application, I could adjust the light and textures of the picture I snapped from my phone camera.
If you show two people the very same painting of any picture, each will notice something different in it.
Jesus has some great thing to tell us about this in these words,
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22-33.
The eye is the window of the whole body.
Eye here in this verse means the soul of a person.
As humans, we tend to see and hear things not as they are, but as WE are.
The person who is filled with hate sees only hateful people.
If we feel insecure inside, other people seem to threaten us.
We are constantly judging others by ourselves.
The thief is far more suspicious of others than the honest person is.
We see those things which we have have trained or willfully allowed ourselves to see.
Why was it that only the Wise Men saw the star?
Because, they were the only people looking for the Savior.
Why was it that only Simeon and Anna recognized Jesus as the Savior of the world when Mary and Joseph brought the child into the crowded Temple on the fortieth day after His birth?
Because only they were expectantly looking for Him…..
As our physical eyes read the scriptures, our hearts and minds must be constantly looking towards The LORD.
If we don’t read the word, allowing it permission to immediately prune away the things of denial, self justification and many other “little foxes” that spoil the vines of maturing fully, the window of our souls becomes dull and bland towards the call to grow and see others and treat others as Jesus would.
There is a wonderful story about the famous minister Henry Ward Beecher. As he greeted people when they left the church after the worship service, one person said, “Dr. Beecher, you may be interested to know that I counted a dozen grammatical errors in your sermon this morning!”
Another worshipper greeted him saying, “Today, I found God.”
Both people had listened to the exact same sermon.
Both had found what they were prepared to find.
We see as we are.
What is inside of each of us is all-important!
If we do not have God on the inside, we shall never see Him on the outside.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” Matthew 5:8.
Pointing at a neighbor’s old tired car through her front window, a neighbor said with disgust, “Just look at that piece of rusted and dirty garbage!”
A friend replied to her, “It looks to me as if the car is although older, very clean. It is maybe that it’s your windows that are dirty?” Hmmmmm…..
If life looks cloudy, if we are moody, resistant to accountability, often testy, maneuvering our way with pressure and subliminal control, maybe it’s that our windows are the ones that need cleaning! Hmmm……
Jesus is always calling on us to keep the windows of the soul clean through daily self-examination, repentance and confession. And with that means we must change.
Yes…. Repentance means to move away from our willfulness and self-wants and self-focus. If we don’t, we shall constantly see others, not as they are, but as we are.
Let’s talk to the Creator About all of this Right Now!
O Lord, be our eyes, for in You have we hoped.
Shine within our hearts LORD, the pure light of Your divine knowledge, and create within us a clean heart, a right and clear spirit, and open the eyes of our mind and heart to comprehend the love you have for all.
Dear Jesus, I want you in the center of my life and I commit, (through your power, not mine), to serve and obey you anytime, anywhere, at any cost, to do anything.
Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.
It’s Your business, not mine.
You know every shade of my suffering and You will care for me with Your perfect Fatherhood.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.