Saturday Morning Devotional – What Do You See? (By Jay Sikes)

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What Do You See?

It seems like the older I get, the more I see someone that looks similar to someone I’ve seen before.  It may be in person or on television. I may be by myself, or I may be with Susan.  When I am with Susan, about 50% of the time, one of us sees a likeness, and the other does not.  However, there is one thing we always agree on.

In the mid 1990’s, I remember the posters that simply looked like a crazy design.  These posters are called Stereogram 3D prints.  So, you ask what is so special about them.  Well, within the print is a picture of an animal, car, or any kind of other object.  Supposedly, you stand back and try to look through the print and the object appears.  I never, not even once, saw the object!  I tried to the point of aggravation!

Do you see a tricycle in this picture? I do not!

There are other optical illusions out there where two people can look at the same picture and one person will see one thing while the other sees something different.  Fortunately for my aggravation capacity, I can usually see both after looking at the picture a bit.  Want to try your eyes at it?

Do you see a young lady or an old lady?

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Do you see the Fedex logo or a right pointing arrow?

Are Jesus’ eyes opened or closed?

You see my Friends, people can literally see things differently.  In the Gospel of John, Chapter 11, we see Jesus is about to raise Lazarus from the dead.  In verse 40, Jesus said to Martha, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

I find this very interesting.  Everyone present saw Lazarus walk out of that tomb and the grave clothes removed.  Does that mean everyone there saw the glory of God?  Absolutely not!  Jesus said to Martha, “if you believed” and not everyone there believed Jesus was the Son of God.  You see, the Scriptures say, “Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in Him.  But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.” John 11:45-46  Those who believed saw the glory of God.  Those who chose not to believe just saw a man walk out of a tomb.

Let me make it as simple as I can.  Two men live next door to each other, only one being a Christian.  One morning, they are both up early and see a magnificent sunrise.  The non-Christian says, “That is a magnificent sunrise.”  The Christian says, “That is a magnificent sunrise.  Only God could have painted that picture.  Glory to God!”  They both saw a magnificent sunrise, but only the Christian saw the Glory of God!

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The one thing Susan and I always agree on, we see the glory of God!  I hope and pray you see more than a magnificent sunrise, you see the glory of God!

Have a Grace & Joy-filled Day!

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“When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.” Psalms 94:19


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