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Friday, December 18, 2015

Think About It

Seeing Without Seeing
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

The other day I was I was preparing to get lunch at the food court of a local mall when I suddenly discovered that I couldn’t find my wallet. Panic set in as I looked through all of my stuff and quickly back stepped my route in my mind. I remembered that I had last used my wallet at the coffee shop two hours previously, could I have left it there? As I stepped away from the line at the counter I again went through all of my stuff hoping against hope that I’d find it. Suddenly, there it was! With grateful relief I started to breath again. Where did I find it? It was in my hand the whole time. It was right there in front of me the whole time but sometimes we see while not seeing.

I’m sure we’ve all had experiences of looking for something and not being able to find it only to find that it was right in front of us the whole time. I’ve done it with glasses and I’ve done it with my phone. I can remember that I panicked once because I couldn’t find my phone and was telling the person I was talking to about it when they simply asked, “Aren’t you talking on it?”

There are many things in life that we see, but don’t see. The deer in the woods that everyone else sees but we can’t, the glasses that we search high and low for only to find that we’re looking through them. Spiritually it’s the same way. Two people can see the same thing and walk away seeing things differently. One has an understanding while the other just doesn’t get it. It happens to everyone at one time or another.

In the Gospel of Luke 16:19-31 is the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Lazarus and the rich man both die and the rich man looks from his place of torment and sees Lazarus in Heaven. He asks Abraham to send Lazarus back to his family to warn them not to end up where he was. Abraham replied, “Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.” Through out his entire life he saw but didn’t see. We can experience the same fate. Think about it.

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