It’s time for Five Minute Friday again! Five minutes of writing on a one word prompt. No editing. Just whatever comes out of our hearts. It’s amazing to see how just one word can draw out things that we’re already processing inside. The girls are joining me again as they really enjoyed it last week. They’re each working quietly at the table with a piece of paper for five minutes while I type. About the word “view.” (If you want to see their contributions, I take pictures of them and post them each week at Desperate Homeschoolers. Here goes:
I’ve actually been thinking a lot about the differences in the way different people view the same thing. It started a little over a week ago in one of our home group meetings. We were studying the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, and I was really struck by the verse after “Jesus wept” where some of the people remark on how much Jesus loved Lazarus and others essentially mocked, saying something along the lines of “He healed a blind man. Why couldn’t He have healed this guy?”
I realized every difficult situation can be viewed from those two perspectives. I can be in the middle of something horrible and either be looking for God’s love which is always somewhere in view or I can choose to question “Why?” and look for some explanation of what’s going on. It’s very similar to the two thieves on the cross. One saw Jesus’ love and begged for mercy while the other mocked, saying “You were there for others. Why not for yourself? Why not for me?”
I’m afraid that all too often, I have chosen the view that asks “Why?” maybe without even realizing that it is a form of mocking. I want to change my view – to become the kind of person who is always actively seeking to view God’s love in every situation.
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