By: Pastor Nicole VanGelder A couple weeks ago, my family had our last grand adventure of the summer. (Soon to be followed by grand adventures of the fall, then the winter, etc.) We spent an overnight in Duluth. It was breathtakingly beautiful! The sun was shining and the water sparkling. We go to Duluth every year, but this year was the most beautiful I had ever experienced it. When the trip was over we reluctantly headed home, tempted to stretch our stay for one more day. As we were driving I continued to soak in the beauty of our surroundings. At one point I remarked how beautiful the sky was (which was being painted by the almost set sun).
Then, I took off my sunglasses. As soon as I did I realized the sky wasn’t quite what I had expected. The vibrant color wasn’t quite so vibrant. In fact, the sky was kind of plain compared to what we had just experienced. I put my sunglasses back on and violà, the sky was beautiful again. My first reaction was to laugh as I realized all the times I had been driving somewhere and marveling over the beauty of the sky when the people around me wouldn’t have been seeing the same sky that I saw. Then I thought about how often my children agreed with my proclamations and I realized there was actually a great life lesson for me to tuck away in my heart.
As a Christian my perception should always be heavenly. I should be looking at the world from a higher perspective. I should see everything through the lens of the cross. The world has a beauty all its own. How could it not? After all, God created it. Yet, looking at it through from the eyes of eternity is a lot like looking through my sunglasses. Things look brighter. Colors are more vibrant. Hope is alive. Possibilities are endless.
It isn’t that we don’t still see reality. But, we see past the callousness of our own hearts to the reality beyond it. The reality that Christ’s blood really was enough to cleanse the world. The reality that the people around you are dearly loved children of God. The reality that God’s truth is actually true!
My kids were able to appreciate the sky even without my sunglasses. It isn’t because they didn’t know better, either. It is because they still have so much untainted wonder and beauty inside of them. They were able to see the enhanced view through their own eyes, instead of needing it artificially. I think those are the kinds of eyes that Jesus has. They are the kinds of eyes that He has given to me. I think it’s time I start using them.
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