Lens Check!

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As I was driving the kids for a visit with Grandma this past week, we were jammin’ to one of our favorite worship songs, and clear as day, loud and proud over the music, Harper says, “Mom, Jesus never fails!”

It’s one of those simple truths that I just can’t seem to hear enough…

God, in His omniscient ways, knew that I needed to be reminded of His faithfulness at that very moment, and He used my precious 5-year old daughter as His mouthpiece.  “Out of the mouth of babes,” right?

I love how children, unaffected by the cares and distractions of this life, are able to cut through the noise and get to the heart of the matter.  In the scriptures, Jesus urges us to “become like little children,” and now that I have kids of my own, I’m beginning to further understand His heart behind these directives.  Yes, the goal is to always be growing in our faith and maturing in our walk with Christ, but when it comes trusting God with our whole hearts, He just wants us to simply take Him at His Word.  

I smiled and replied, “You’re right, Harper.  Jesus never fails.”  But then I thought to myself, “I know this in my head, but has this truth actually penetrated my heart?”

Because, if I’m being honest, many times, when other things let me down in life – people, politics, policies, personal shortcomings – I can begin to see God through that same failed, fractured lens. 

(after a quick Google search on lenses...

Lenses, in a nutshell, modify how we see light – as light rays are refracted, or bent, they converge or diverge to form an image.  So, the type of lens we are looking thru, affects the world that we see.  It’s not the actual light that changes, but rather the way the light is refracted that changes what we see

For me, the spiritual application here is huge - the Bible tells us that “God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all” and that “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  So, intrinsically, the Light is good – it illuminates, brightens and reveals truth.  It's when we bring our own lenses to the party – fear, failure, depression, anxiety, grief, brokenness, un-forgiveness, vanity, greed, selfishness – that the Light appears altered, and the image we are left with is often messy, confusing, and chaotic.  

So, thank you Harper, for reminding me to check my lenses!  

TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR FAITH LENS:

The Good News is that our “prescription” never changes – prayer + praise + reading, trusting, and submitting to God’s Word + loving and serving others + giving all glory and honor to Jesus –  all allow us to see the world as God intended us to it – a world full of His love and light, where Jesus never fails.

HIDE THESE TRUTHS IN YOUR HEART:

"God IS Love…" - 1 John 4:16

"Love (God) never fails." - 1 Corinthians 13:8

Xo, K