Matthew 13:10-17

Do you remember Magic Eye 3D posters? They seemed to be every-
where in the 1990s. I can still see some of them in the mind of my
childhood. At first glance, these posters simply contained abstract,
two-dimensional images. But hidden within those two-dimensional
pictures was a 3D image waiting to be discovered. That was the
magic of a Magic Eye poster. The 3D scene is unrecognizable until we
set our eyes differently and view it as it is intended to be seen. I often
made a game out of how quickly I could see the hidden image.

Many things can impact the way we see ourselves, others, and
even our circumstances. Past experiences, snap judgments, biases,
misperceptions, and misinformation may alter our view of a person,
a situation, or what we see in the mirror.

In his prayer book, Celtic Benediction, poet John Philip Newell penned these words as part of his morning prayer:

I watch for your light, O God, in the eyes of every living creature and in the ever-living flame of my own soul. If the grace of seeing were mine this day I would glimpse you in all that lives. Grant me the grace of seeing this day. Grant me the grace of seeing.

When we focus on seeing God in others, we begin to see them
the way God intends for us to see them, as those who are God’s own.
When we look through the lens of God’s grace, we see the world
differently—we see ourselves authentically and we see one another
more fully. When we allow ourselves to look through God’s eyes,
our worldly two-dimensional view shifts to visualize the living
three-dimensional realization of God’s kingdom. When we look at
each other through this view, we find God’s light in everyone.


What view of yours is God challenging you to adjust? What could you do today to begin looking through the lens of God’s grace?


God, grant me this day the grace to glimpse you in all that lives. Amen.

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