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“I can’t see!”

“I can’t see!”  Have you heard that exclaimed in your home lately?  When my kids were younger, these were words I heard all the time.   Little ones can’t see when someone taller than them stands in front of the television.  Nor can they enjoy the scenery when their seat is stuck in the center of the back row of the car.  At many stores and offices around town our young ones can’t even see the person on the other side of the check-out counter with whom we are speaking.  Instead, their view is limited to the uninteresting base of the cabinet and our lower leg.  I can recall countless times in these scenarios when my young children would repeatedly whine, “But, I can’t see!”

I can certainly relate to these exclamations even as an adult.  Although I am small in stature I am referring to the many times where I cannot see the full picture in my life either.   The limited view I have causes my heart to wearily cry out, “Lord, I can’t see!”  The piece that I do see promises little relief, resolution or provision of resources.   Aching to get a better grasp of the incomplete picture I often find “adult” ways to cope with the portion I can see.   Like a little girl standing on tip toes or jumping up and down at an elevated counter I desperately try to size up and increase my view of the scene?  When I think I’ve got all of the pieces figured out or planned out, I will do my best to control what I can to make the scene look as it should.   At other times I cynically accept the state of affairs as I mutter something like, “It figures” under my breath.  When I am especially weary I may stop looking at the situation altogether to protect my heart from continued disappointment.

The reality is that my role in the scenes of life is so limited.  Even when I have convinced myself that I really can see everything, I know that there are many things that I will never see or even understand.  Although I sometimes long for more clarity, a completely unobstructed view of life is not possible.  There will always be other people and other things that keep me from seeing what I long to see on any given day.  Instead God in his sovereignty allows me to see just the pieces of the picture that I need to see for today.  And by his spirit I am led to respond to what has been revealed.

When Jesus called each of the disciples, the picture of what life would look like was certainly limited.  His invitation to come follow Him included no promise of clear views ahead or perfect scenarios.  Instead, it was an invitation to a journey with the Savior.  Despite their inability to see beyond their today, they dropped everything and followed Him.  No doubt they believed that travelling with Jesus was far more valuable than being able to see a complete picture of what lay ahead.

Like the disciples we are also invited to walk alongside the Savior of the World.  This path does not always offer a beautiful resolution of today’s struggles or the promise of a clearer picture tomorrow.   But like all disciples we must decide that holding on to His hand will offer us the best view even when we can’t see what lies ahead.  Because He is our Father His eyes are all we need to lead us home.

What can’t you see today?  Where are the incomplete scenarios, the foggy places in your life? Can you trust the hand of the Savior who can see all and who promises to guide His children home?

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.   2 Corinthians 4:17-18

 

Exiting the Traffic Circle

We had just gone over the bridge.  The excitement began to brew in the car as the island was now in full view.  A few more miles and we would arrive at the beach house we rented every summer.   When we came upon the traffic circle we drove around a beautiful little park in the center of this crazy intersection on the island.   Instead of exiting at the proper time, however, my husband decided to drive around and around to see how long it would take the kids to notice his silly behavior.  We must have circled around at least six or seven times until one of our kids finally noticed what their daddy was doing.  With dizzy feelings becoming more noticeable, we all begged him…repeatedly… to immediately exit the traffic circle! Read more

 

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