As we drove down the straight, two-lane highway in northeast Colorado….
I wish I could say that we saw the majestic snow-capped mountains in the distance and describe the lush colors that surrounded us, but that’s just not the case!
Northeast Colorado is a high-altitude plain, and when the end of November comes, there isn’t a lot of beauty flooding the senses. There were brown, already harvested fields and brown dirt, black and white cattle, an occasional house, and small towns.
So, I took to looking at the sky, which was mostly blue. From time to time a cell tower reached up into the sky, as if to say, “Hello!”
We hadn’t been driving very long when I noticed that a part of one cell tower seemed invisible! It was white, with a backdrop of a white cloud. I stared at it for a minute, puzzled, until the cloud had passed and I was able to see the white structure against the blue sky. (I think that it would have been even more visible against a dark storm cloud.)
Contrast increases visibility.
A few minutes later I looked for my phone and began to be worried when I couldn’t find it! Surely I had not left it at my daughter’s house; no, I remembered having it in the car. But where was it? I was aggravated, but the Lord calmed me with a reminder that He was in control.
I had to clean my glasses and lean in close in my search before I found the black cell phone against the black background of the car’s interior.
I only found it by removing the dirty film and getting close to it.
We don’t like storm clouds in life, but they help us see the good things better. This increases our gratitude for those things, especially our gratitude for our good God.
Also, and let’s hope that our phone is not our god, but just using it as a loose symbol, sometimes we feel like we can’t find God, even though we are looking for Him everywhere.
We need to recognize and confess the dirt in our hearts and ask Him to wash it clean in the blood which Jesus shed for our forgiveness. We need to repent, then lean in close to God. Then we will be able to see Him.
He’s been there all along, just like my phone was, but the dirt on the lenses of our hearts keeps us from seeing Him.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 NASB
Lord God, I want to see You. I know that one day I will see You face to face, and I can’t wait! But I want to see You and hear You in my daily walk with You, too. I want to draw near to You and to experience You drawing near to me. Please convict me of any sins that I may be harboring in my heart. Show me from Your word the dirt of my heart that needs to be cleaned up before I can see You clearly. Help me to lean in close to You, seeking You with all my heart in every circumstance. I choose to search Your word in this coming new year, and I ask that You would speak to my heart all the things that You want me to hear. “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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