Knowing that our eleven-year old would be spending the summer with us, I tried to have some things in place to help create new family traditions. The tradition that we created last summer that he will not let me forget is baking fresh cookies after dinner most nights. It might just be two a piece but he loves this time! This year I bought a table topics jar. It is a jar full of questions or prompts that everyone has to answer. I had no idea what a huge hit this would be! There have been nights that we have not had dinner around the table like when we cookout and eat at the outside table. He makes sure to go get a question from the jar! My favorite question so far has been “If you could have one super power, what would it be?” Being the instigator that I am, I chose invisibility. I love the thought of messing with people. Moving their drink, pushing a cart through the grocery store, filling it up with no obvious person pushing it. Oh the possibilities! Oh the incredible fun that I would have being able to choose to be invisible whenever I wanted to be!
This morning while I was doing my morning things – looking out the window, writing, reading, drinking my coffee – my mind wandered to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie that I took George to see in 3D. Oh how having a “medium dude” around changes your movie selections! I have never been that impressed by 3D movie technology but it got me thinking. My own eyes are not what they used to be so I now rely on another set of lenses to see things up close. Without them, everything is one big blob of blurred ink. With them, words are clear – similar to the effect you get with the 3D movie glasses. As I sat there in the movie, I caught myself thinking “do these glasses really do anything?” I took them off and on. I put them to the test. Yep! They did something. Without them, some of the images were not clear – kind of fuzzy. These cheap little recyclable glasses brought clarity and dimension.
Hmmm. What if God had glasses that I could borrow? God-Dimensional glasses. What would I see? What if I could see the world and people through God’s lens and with God’s heart? When relying on my own filter of the world, I have a rather one-sided view no matter how objective that I try to be. I often find myself craving clarity and focus as well as a deeper perception. Yes, I would like to wear those God-dimensional glasses to examine a few areas of my life for a day! I would take that super power.
I have a vivid imagination. I sat there smiling as suddenly I had an entire screenplay in my head. Major motion picture? It was a momentary thought and then I was right back there longing to be able to see as God does. I realized that I already have access to that super power and it is called prayer. When I entered into a relationship with my husband, I prayed that God would allow me to see Fairfield’s heart as He does and for God to fill me with His brand of love and not my own. I prayed that God would help me get out of my own way. I believe that he answered that prayer. The feelings that I have for my husband are like nothing I have ever felt before. Compassion, respect, love, concern, admiration, grace. I really do consider him before myself. In giving to him, I am fulfilled in such a complete way – words escape me.
What if I prayed that same prayer regarding other things in my life? That God would allow me to see and love others as he does? To understand situations with divine insight? No, God is not going to give me the winning lottery numbers! Yes, that would be nice. However, I believe that when I pray with a sincere heart for God to show me how to love people the way that they need to be loved and to meet them right where they are that he will and does answer. God is clarity. God is the filter that I want to view the world through. When I strive to do that, it never fails my days are better. When I go it alone, that is when things get fuzzy.
There have even been times that I have felt that I needed a specific answer to something going on in life and it never fails that when I open my Bible, something pops up. It is not always what I want to hear. Most recently, I am certain that God told me to quit sitting on my laurels, to stop being sluggish, and to move beyond being bottle-fed. It is time for me to do and represent. I felt as though I had been slapped with truth. God’s dimensional glasses are not so far fetched are they?? They are readily available and free of charge. Do you have a pair?
Until next time,