What Is Obscuring Our View?
We loved Dr. Jack Johnson, who became our friend after we moved here. By that time, he had retired from being a beloved physician in our little town. Whenever we saw Dr. Jack, he made us feel as if we were the friends he wanted to see most of all on that particular day. He lovingly made us feel, as the saying goes, like a million dollars. That must be how God feels about each one of us because He paid for us with His Son, thereby letting us know we were worth so much more than a million dollars.
On Thursday night, we went to the American Legion meeting room for the first public viewing of a video which included recorded interviews with Dr. Jack from 2003. The interviews were about his service in the Navy during World War II. It was a joy to visit with members of his family.
A rainbow appeared about a half hour before the program began. By the time I got a photo of it, the rainbow was fading.
However, God was not finished painting beautiful skies that evening. The local American Legion meets in a building that is on a hill. When we came out of the meeting, I noticed a beautiful pink and blue sky toward the southeast. I told Ray that I wanted to hurry down to the town square to get a picture of the courthouse with that gorgeous sky above it. I walked downhill to the square which was a block away. The view was quite different at the lower elevation. I had to content myself with a view of the sky over storefronts and wires instead of our pretty yellow brick courthouse. The sky was still breathtaking, but wires and dark storefronts were not what I had in mind for my picture.
We drove back up the hill and searched for a good view. As you can see, buildings and wires came between the courthouse and me.
We drove higher up the hill, but then dense trees obstructed the view. However, as we kept trying to find a good spot for a picture, a beautiful orange western sky peeked through the dense trees. We drove in search of a place to capture that sky. We finally had to content ourselves with an opening that had been cut through the trees for wires to pass through.
By the time we started toward home, a beautiful blue fog was rising and I got my favorite picture of the evening.
Again and again on Thursday evening, objects got in my way while I tried to capture beauty with my camera. I wonder what beauties God wants us to see while we let worries and fears and stuff obstruct our view.
Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature;
a wisdom, however, not of this age
nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;
but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery,
the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;
the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood;
for if they had understood it,
they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written:
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the human heart,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1 Corinthians 2:6-9