“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
I have recently joined the force of middled aged adults who find it impossible to see fine print without glasses. Where once I could focus on the tiniest print, I know have to resort to asking my children, “What does that say?” I’ve been to the store and purchased a variety of brightly colored spectacles, designed to soften the blow of the accumulation of years.
I am reminded in the scripture above that just as my human eyes are not seeing as well, so my spiritual eyes need to be more in sync with God’s vision. Where I might see the outward packaging,and the surface issues, God sees the heart, the motivations, the past and the future. His challenge to me is to have me see others with the love of Christ, with that same forgiving, nurturing love that sees deep into the soul. So as I put on my new glasses, I hope I can remember to put on the eyes of Christ, as well, and see more clearly that which is lovable in everyone around me.