What do you see?
Changes can be very interesting as we see new things. Sometimes it is the "new" causing the change. Sometimes, like when you move, the change causes the "new" thing. Sometimes, when we are blessed to travel, we are able to see many new, and beautiful, things. Sometimes we wonder if other people are seeing what we see -- as the changes occur. Do we really see what we think we see?
Our Scripture readings this morning are in 1 Samuel 16 and John 9. Samuel is anointing a "new" king and Jesus has healed a blind man. One of Jesse's sons will be anointed but God is telling Samuel which one it will be. Looking at the first 7, of Jesse's sons, Samuel is thinking, to himself, "this is the one." God tells Samuel "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (vs. 7, emphasis mine) People are not believing a blind man can now see, in John 9, but the man is telling them "He told me to go, so I did, and now I can see." (John 9:11) What do you see?
As God is asking us to make the changes, try the "new" thing, meet the "new" challenge -- what do you see? Do you see the high hill? Do you see the problems? Or do you see God at work? Do you feel God's presence with you? Can we do what God is asking us to do? "He told me to go, so I did." (John 9:11)
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