Do You See What I See?

Saturday mornings are typically times when we try to breathe deeply, restore some degree of calm from a frantic and chaotic week. The weekends, for some is when they fully express their authentic selves as they engaged in family and community activities.  Words like rest, relaxation, fun and enjoyment resonate during these brief 48 hours.  Our souls and spirits seek and yes, yearn for these times when we can pause to see what’s ahead.  The problem is we often don’t or can’t clearly see what is before us, nor have allotted sufficient time to do so.  We need clear vision and focus that penetrates the veil of confusion and chaos so we can be prepared for what lies ahead.  Our spiritual and physical eyes need to be opened to the reality of our times, our homes and our communities.

Do you see what I see? This is a familiar phrase from an old hymn celebrating the birth of Jesus.  This short question is powerfully packed.   Seeing (vision) in the natural involves complex workings between the brain and the optic nerve.  Some are born with 20/20 vision which means they can see everything with crystal clarity.  It matters not if the object is small or some distance away, their brains registers the shape, color and distance of the object and relays this information to the eye and its receptors. During Jesus’ ministry he healed the blinded eyes, so those without sight could see in the physical.

However, there is also spiritual sight which requires transmission of information that allows us to see and be aware of activity in the principalities, dominions, etc. Elijah saw into those other dimensions and asked God to open the eyes of his companion, so he could see that the Lord’s armies were far greater than the enemy. Moses requested to see God’s face but was only permitted to see God’s glory walk by him and as a result his face shone with a heavenly light, and his spiritual vision was changed. 

Jesus’ disciples witnessed the miracles, but often failed to see who He really was and his mission.  When Jesus asked the question, who do they say that I am? Peter answered correctly, but even Peter’s spiritual eyes were dimmed.  

Unfortunately, we often have the same kind of eyes as Peter. We want a spiritual concierge, but not the Lord.  We want a provider, but not the Judge. We want the sermon on the mount, but not the one who overturned tables, and drove out the money changers.   And because our spiritual eyes are dull, cloudy we too fail to see Jesus as He really is. Therefore, we miss the signs of the times, the power, the judgement seat, and the wisdom, and other indicators of His presence and our purpose.  God wants us to see clearly so the information,and the truth about Jesus can be shared with those who are walking in darkness. 

Do you see what I See?  A star, a star shining in the night it will bring us goodness and life. It will bring us goodness and life.  Do you see Jesus as he really is?  Do you see who Christ is, and not what the world wants you to see? Do you see the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, The Bright and Morning Star…?  I hope so because your spiritual eyes can and should be a gateway to the revelation of Christ, and the joyous and powerful message that He brought us goodness and eternalImage life. 


Scripture Luke 2:41-51

When Jesus was 12 years old, he remained in the temple among the religious leaders listening and asking questions.  When his adopted father and his mother came looking for him and inquired why he had remained behind. His reply, he had to be about His father’s work [paraphrase]. Even at a young age, he was totally clear about his mission. He was engaged in the work of God. And just what was this work, and why was it so important?  It was the inner work of clarifying who God is, and why we should believe in Him.

Jesus is still engaged in this work. He is still listening, addressing questions to our hearts.  This major work involves clearing out the debris and filth of the sin that so easily besets us.  Think about it, as beloved children of God, we too are called to listen to the sweet voice of the Savior, to inquire, to seek Him, to ask questions, and then bring the light of the message of the gospel to the whole world. It is a courageous act.  Just as it took courage for Jesus to remain behind and stay in the temple listening, and teaching those much older than he the truth of God.

Thomas Kinkade, the painter of light wrote in his book “Lightposts for Living: The Art of Choosing a Joyful Life” about the day when he choose a difference path that the one his teachers told was the way to go. He said, “Suddenly I realized that the self-centered, self-serving artistic approach I was being taught was just the opposite of what I wanted my life and my art to be about. And at that moment a different philosophy began to form itself in my mind, one that has driven my life and career ever since.”  He realized his art was not about him, but about the people who would be touched by the gift. Thomas Kinkade made a decision, and became clear about his purpose.  And the world has enjoyed his gift, and will for many years to come.

Jesus came because he was clear about his direction and purpose.  His purpose was clear-salvation for us. Are you clear about your purpose and direction?  Are you about the Father’s work?
I hope so.  The world needs your light.

Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy

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