Look for the Lord in Each Day
“With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says: ‘You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn—and I would heal them.’ ” Matthew 13:14–16 (nrsv)
Blindness is a spiritual metaphor in Scripture for the darkness in which those without Christ exist. Just because our eyes are open doesn't mean that we can see. Sometimes we cannot perceive things that are in plain sight because we aren't paying attention. We focus on a task, event or object so completely that we don’t see what’s right in front of us. perceptual blindness means that if we aren't paying attention, we can miss even the most obvious events.
We don’t even know what we don’t know. Only as things are revealed to us, as we learn, are we able to fill in those gaps in our knowledge. How much of Jesus have we missed while focused on someone or something else? We must put our antennae up to be aware of the Lord. That is how we see Him in the sunrise, hear Him in the laughter of a child, touch Him in the downy softness of a baby chick, smell His fragrance in the freshly washed air right after a rain, and yes, even taste Him in the sweetness of a juicy orange. All good things are from the Lord. How dark our lives would be without Him!
Do not let another day go by without looking for the Lord in it.
FAITH STEP: Slow down. Jesus manifests Himself in ways both small and large. Take notice.
Written by Judy Baer
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