Sees Into Our Hearts

” . . . sees into our hearts . . . “

In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express.   And God, who sees into our hearts, knows what the thought of the Spirit is; because the Spirit pleads with God on behalf of his people and in accordance with his will.  “(Romans 8:26-27)
 

This photo is a close-up view of snowflakes on a wool coat.  I took the photo a few weeks ago when we actually had snow flurries for a few moments.  Both the snow flakes and the coat look a little different when seen from a close-up perspective.  When I read in Romans that God can see into our hearts, I think of this kind of close-up.  God can see us in ways we cannot or would rather not see ourselves.  Because God can see us so deeply, God knows what we need, whether it’s encouragement or confrontation.  God is always ready to respond.

Today is the first day of Lent.  There are many traditions and meanings associated with Lent.  This year our church is focusing upon “unity” as our theme for Lent.  In the words of a hymn, “One bread, one body . . . ”  This year I feel called to think of Lent as a time for vision correction.  I think often times actions follow perceptions, and perceptions are greatly formed by what we see.  When we “miss-see” something or our own selves, we act upon those misperceptions.

We might see our selves as inferior or incapable and fail to move on the many challenges and opportunities that God might have in store for us.  Such a view would call for vision correction.  Likewise, we might fail to see ways our vision has been distorted, causing us to see ourselves and others in ways that invite us into hurtful, destructive behaviors.  Such a view would call for vision correction.  Maybe our vision has become distorted by what we’ve seen happening in the world around us, or by powerful forces that appeal to our fear, greed, or hate, urging us to see one another in ways that God does not see us when God looks deeply into all of our hearts.  A vision correction is necessary.

This Lent I pray that God will give me pause to stop and allow God to give me a vision check-up.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,

Gary

Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

Help save lives! For more information on my book, “A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression,” visit http://www.survivingteendepression.com.

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~ by revgenelson on March 1, 2017.

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