Seeing Rightly: A True(ish) Story

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Standing in line at my local grocery store, I was lost in deep spiritual thought (ok, I was reading the cover of People in the magazine rack). When it was my turn to check out, the young lady cashier engaged me in an interesting and brief conversation. You might say, it was a meeting of the minds… as if performed by old-time comedians Abbott and Costello.

               Cashier: Has anyone told you that you look like that actor?

               Me:        Kevin Bacon?  (I’ve heard that before.  I’m just saying…)

               Cashier: Um, no.

               Me:        Ah, James Dean!

               Cashier: Who?

               Me:        Are you talking about Brad Pitt?

               Cashier: (silently staring, trying to determine if I was joking.)

               Me:        I’m joking.

               Cashier: (smiling) Right. I meant that guy, the one in the hospital TV show?

               Me:        George Clooney?

               Cashier: (giggling) I don’t think so.

               Me:        Well, that was harsh.

               Cashier: I mean the one… oh, it’s called ‘House’. You know, that actor? He played a mean doctor, addicted to pain-killers…

               Me:        Hugh Laurie.

               Cashier: Yeah! I saw you in line, and I did a double-take. You look just like him!

               Me:        Right. Um… thanks?

               Cashier: (energetically)Welcome!

               Me:        I have a coupon for that yogurt.

I bet it’s not just me. I hope it’s not just me. In my head, there’s this idea I’m still… young, cool, suave. You know, hip. Although that can’t possibly be true because saying “hip” these days automatically disqualifies one from being cool. I think. To be honest, I’ve never really been cool or suave, although I was young (immature) for a very long time.

The ability to see one’s self rightly is important. It was in seeing myself rightly that I begin to see God more rightly. And we desperately need to see God more rightly.

God is not a cosmic Santa Clause, nor a disinterested and befuddled heavenly Grandpa. I didn’t truly see God as creative, passionate, interested, invested, deeply devoted as He is, until I saw my own need for Him in each those ways.

The Bible gives us many examples of the character and characteristics of God. We are told that He is Provider, Protector, Redeemer, Holy, Righteous, Comforter, Rescuer, Healer, Constant and Steadfast… the list goes on and on and on. My experiences (which I have been collecting literally all my life) have presented many opportunities to see God actively engaged in my life in each of these characteristics. What I mean is, God has proven Himself to be each of these; and He’s proven them to me, personally.

I hope we spiritual adventurers will each have the personal opportunity to see God move, in each of these ways. When we wander in the desert for a while, you can’t help but come to the realization that God is the only hope we have for provision, protection, redemption, holiness, righteousness, comfort, rescue, healing and consistency.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
 Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.
 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;

 to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 to him who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 but overthrew[a] Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 to him who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures forever;

 to him who struck down great kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 and killed mighty kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 and Og, king of Bashan, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 and gave their land as a heritage, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 a heritage to Israel his servant, for his steadfast love endures forever.

 It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever;
 he who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.

 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 136

 

 

 

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