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Seeing beyond

By Grace Leung
September 28, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.

Isaiah 54:1-57:14
Ephesians 6:1-24
Psalm 70:1-5
Proverbs 24:8

His face was scowling, filthy hair unkempt, eyes defiant. I stared at the mug shot as I read the Comments posted below the news article. Police had just arrested a man who’d committed a horrible crime in our sleepy neighborhood, and triumphant commenters cried for the lowlife to get locked away forever. I felt a sad tug in my heart--God saying, "I see My child behind that scowl."

Many years of raising a son with autism has made me think, whenever I meet someone I don’t understand: what’s going on behind the wall they put up? How is their brain wired? What events, people and choices led them to this point? Of course breaking laws or hurting others should not be excused. Yet equally damaging is believing someone at their core will always equal the slice of them we saw in a single moment. We are all daily being wooed by lies, and coaxed to choose paths that subtly lead us away from God. The demons whispering in people’s ears in C.S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters” are real, and all too happy when we forget about them and only blame each other.

What if when we looked at the other person we looked beyond them--and saw that we‘re both chess pieces in a game trying to spread conflict and hate, and we can step off the board? We’re vessels that can be filled with different fuels that steer us down right or wrong paths and we can choose the listen to Jesus, who both sees our whole person, and calls us down the right paths.

To Memorize:

Seek the Lord while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.

— Isaiah 55:6

Prayer to start with: God, help me see your children the way you see them. I want to have the compassion, love, grace and mercy for others the way you do. I want to love like you love.