Its Sunday and I am so happy to be particpating with Charlotte and Ginger in Spiritual Sundays. Just click on the blue sky to the right to visit these sweet ladies and those that are also joining in. You will find uplifting and encouraging words here.
These are pictures of my granddaughter’s face. I’m showing you just a piece at a time. This is the way my husband sees her face when he looks at her. Sometimes, he doesn’t even see this much. There are times that I will be sitting in the room with him, and will get up to get something. From the kitchen, I can hear him quietly speaking to me. He thinks I’m still there…he doesn’t know I’ve left the room.
This is the way people with eye disease might see you. My husband has retinitis pigmentosa. The blood vessels leading to the eye disintegrate, so that light cannot be brought to the retina. It is heredity. He has no vision in one eye, and only 20% in the other. He has no peripheral vision…he cannot see above, below or on either side…he sees only what is directly in front of him.
From these pictures, you can only imagine what my granddaughter looks like. You can’t see her sweet face, her cute laugh, or the twinkle in her eyes. When we don’t see the whole, we miss the fullness of the beauty.
We, too, have a hereditary disease that destroys the light that streams to our spiritual eyes…. It leaves us with limited vision. We don’t see the fullness or the beauty of God. Spiritually, we see just as my husband sees…in part, and only what is directly in front of us. We don’t see above or below, or to the sides. We don’t see past our small circle of self. Our vision is limited by prejudice, or by busy-ness, or by selfishness. We see actions of people, but we don’t see their hearts. We see their skin, but we don’t see their spirit. We see their accomplishments, but we don’t see their wounds.
We don’t even see ourselves, if light is not shed on the hidden parts of our hearts and minds. Our perception of ourselves can be blurred and blemished.
In 1 Corinthians 13:12, the Apostle Paul tells us…
“Now we see a blurred image in a mirror. Then we will see very clearly. Now my knowledge is incomplete. Then I will have complete knowledge as God has complete knowledge of me” (GWT)
While on earth, we are incomplete in our understanding. We strive for so much knowledge, and so much wisdom, and so much spiritual knowledge, but Paul wanted us to know that until that day when all is revealed to us, our goal is to love.
verses 4 through 11
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”
I pray for God’s love to fill my heart…that my actions and words are loving and encouraging. I think as we pray this prayer, and obey the command to love, our spiritual vision is increased.
God bless everyone…have a wonderful Sunday!