Yesterday at church my eyes met the eyes of a woman I had shared a coffee with one time – an acquaintance. Her eyes glossed over me – clearly, not recognizing me.
I was unseen.
Do you ever notice we all have some areas of blindness – things we miss in life? Sometimes I miss seeing God, I am so focused on my own circumstances.
Recognition is the act of being known. To be acknowledged. Known and seen for who you are. It requires someone has some ‘knowledge’ of you.
the facts, feelings or experiences known by a person or group of people
the state of knowing
awareness, consciousness, or familiarity gained by experience or learning
Sometimes, I walk through life not seeing certain people, certain things. I am blinded by my own busyness, my worries, the ‘next-thing’ on my list. I can miss the person right in front of me in my hazy hurry.
We all wear a sort of blinders, special vision glasses, which make us ‘see’ what we want to see.
I think of all the sport events I attended for our children. No matter where they were on the field – or in a crowd – I could spot them. My eyes were peeled – looking – seeking to find them, to smile at them and let them know I was there to cheer them on.
Faith, too, requires special ‘vision’.
Our eyes must be open and our vision attuned and aware – looking for God.
With the awareness that God is present – I look for Him. God doesn’t often plop Himself in front of our line of vision and demand an audience. He is a gentleman who waits – waits on the sidelines of our lives for us to recognize Him and call Him over.
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord…
that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am He.” Isaiah 43:10
One of my main jobs in life is to: “understand that I am He”.
Recognizing Him – through the busyness, through the crowds of people, through the daily stressors which scream at me to be noticed – requires I adjust my vision. Get perspective.
This year I want to truly see God. I want to watch for Him – seek Him out.
I want to acknowledge God. I want to acclaim who He is.
“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you.”
**Lord, give me eyes to see and an undivided heart to seek You and ‘in all my ways to acknowledge You’.
I have learned this habit of choosing a word to claim – from the wonderful Christian blogging community. Being a wordee, it feels natural; sometimes I choose a word, this year the words chose me. For me, this is better than a resolution – it gives me eyes to see as something new unfolds before me. I would love to hear your word(s) for 2016 – please share in the comments..