Day Twenty

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No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it- what God has arranged for those who love Him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by His Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 MSG

I am always astounded by the act of looking at something day in and day out and then suddenly … “BOOM!” you see it at an entirely different angle; there’s a fresh spin on it, a new perspective.

This is what it is like to allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and give you fresh revelation on something that you’ve treated like old comfortable furniture for years.

To “view” a thing is not merely the act of seeing it, but actually taking it in – its dimensions, its peculiarity, its design, and the way it fills the space in which it occupies. Did you know that the way you have been raised or taught can affect your view of a thing? Many of our political, social, and cultural beliefs have influenced our purview.

Maybe you’re familiar with a line of an old congregational that we used to sing in the pentecostal church back in the day, “I looked at my hands and my hands looked new, I looked at my feet and they did too..” What I’ve come to appreciate about that line is that my hands did not change, neither did my feet, but it was the renewing of my mind that caused me to see my hands and feet as brand new!

The treasure you’ve been looking for all of your life might just be right outside your window, cubical, aisle, classroom or front door. Ask the Holy Spirit to uncover the mysteries that are hidden all around you. Revelation 21:5 says “behold I will make all things new.” Notice it doesn’t read “I will make all new things.” Every perfect thing concerning you has already been created… now ask the Father of all Creation to allow you to view it from pure consciousness, taking in the detail and its splendor.

Father, thank you for all that I’ve been given. Now open the eyes of my heart so that I can behold with great appreciation those things that I have been taking for granted for so long. Allow me to view my spouse with eyes of gratitude & passion, to view my children with eyes of love and responsibility, to view my parents with eyes of honor, to view my workplace with eyes of providence and opportunity, to view my brother and sister with eyes of love and respect, and above all, to view the cross with eyes filled with tears and a heart filled with awe of just how amazing Your grace can be.