The Israelites had a choice: lift their eyes to the bronze serpent on the pole, or be killed by the live serpents at their feet. Peter had a choice: remain focused on Jesus, or be overwhelmed by the winds and waves surrounding him. Mary Magdalene had a choice in the tomb: open her eyes to the sound of her Savior’s voice, or risk letting her grief and inner turmoil keep her from seeing the truth. Even Jesus, perfect and holy, had a choice. It lasted but a split second, the space of but a breath, as he prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
How often do I get so wrapped up in the chaos of my own fingerprint-smeared, dirt-splattered, rock-chipped life that I am barely aware of God’s presence in my day-to-day? I remain focused on the difficulties surrounding me when I could instead be shifting my gaze, seeking but a blurry glimpse of the beautiful vista that comes with placing my trust completely upon God’s promises. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 )
Something happens when I choose to take a deep breath in a stressful time. Something happens when I move my gaze to the landscape barely outlined through that dark window.
The cracks and reflections and dirt that stain my view?
They lose focus. They lose significance.
The stains shrink. Hope grows.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you. In this season of Lent, I am reminded of the importance of taking the time to reflect on all You have done for me. All too often, I allow my attention to be held by this world. My worries, my sorrow, my pain, my worldly responsibilities only serve to cloud the glass of my life, often making my own reflection the easiest thing for me to focus on. Today may I instead choose to focus on You and on the sacrifice Jesus made for us all. He spilled his own precious blood that I may know you personally; a priceless gift of grace You quietly hold out for me to accept.
It is beyond comprehension but I accept that for now, I know only in part. For now, I rest in simply being fully known; knowing that one beautiful day, all will be made clear when we meet face to face. By way of Jesus Christ, your only Son, I patiently and excitedly await that glorious day. Amen
Contributed by Julie Lee