October 1, 2023

Reflection

I looked in the mirror and slapped the width of my palm across my forehead. Skin peeked out from under both edges of my hand, revealing “white space” above my eyebrows and below my hairline. “I’ve got a fivehead,” I remarked, not exactly happy at the reflection.

“You ought to be glad I even gave you a face,” I imagined the Lord saying. I laughed and considered my lack of appreciation.

What do you see when you gaze into the mirror?

More importantly, what does God see when He looks upon you?

Last month I wrote about transforming your mind—letting the Lord help you change the way you think. Let’s take another step toward this goal.

Seeing Through Our Father’s Eyes

The Bible demonstrates what it is to see through God’s eyes.

  • When others saw shepherd boy David, God saw a king. (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
  • Jews viewed Paul as a murderer. God saw Paul as a man He could use to reveal His love for all people. (Acts 9:1-15)
  • When men saw a leper, Jesus saw an alienated, emotionally and physically hurting person who needed healing. (Mark 1:40-42)
  • Jericho townspeople saw Rahab as a prostitute. The Lord identified her as a faithful servant who protected the men He had sent. (Joshua 6:17)
  • Pharisees presented a woman to Jesus as an adulteress. (John 8:3-4) Jesus distinguished her as a loyal follower. (Luke 8:1-3)
  • Matthew was a detested tax collector. Jesus embraced him as worthy to be His disciple. (Mark 2:14)
  • When a blind man called out to Jesus, Jesus asked what he wanted from Him. The man said he wanted to see. Jesus told him to receive his sight because his faith had healed him. The crowd was limited in their sight, for they beheld a blind man. Rather, Jesus saw a man of faith—one who truly saw who Jesus was. (Luke 18:35-43)

God’s Masterpiece

How enlightening it is to see things through Jesus’ eyes. And freeing for us when we understand we are God’s masterpiece created to do the good things He planned for us. (Ephesians 2:10)

Wow! I am a work of art? A stroke of God’s paintbrush? As a child of God, you are too! Amazing, isn’t it? Now when I peer into the mirror, I see that my Heavenly Father molded me just as He wanted. I am the clay. Who am I to question the Potter? Who am I to dislike my forehead?

Belly Button Betty

A while back, a woman known as Belly Button Betty—because of her exposed midriff—roamed the streets of Longview. As she walked miles every day, she talked to herself. Many deemed her crazy; others thought she must have overdosed at some time in her life. A group from a local church secured an apartment for her, supplying it with linens, kitchen items, food, necessary personal items, etc. Betty stayed there for a while, then she was gone. What others saw in Betty was not important to Jesus. What He saw in her was a woman in need of His love and acceptance.

So, when I drive down the street past a homeless person, or an angry motorist flashes me a sign of ire, or when I get cut off by someone while in conversation, I have the opportunity to ask Jesus to help me see that person through His eyes. Then I can pray for them to receive the Lord’s blessing to be all He created them to be. Who knows, maybe one of them will eventually become President of the United States, or a smiling clerk at my checkout counter, or the one who takes care of me in the hospital in my final days?

David’s Prayer in Psalm 17:8:  “Keep me as the apple of you eye;”

Lord, just as David lifted up this plea, so do I, for even though it is beyond my comprehension, I know I am precious in your sight. Thank you and Amen!  

Thought for the Day:  “The moment you begin to see yourself as GOD sees you, it gives you permission, authority and audacity to become what you see through His eyes.”—TemitOpe Ibrahim