Look (Thursday, March 21st)

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Thursday, March 21st

Look: examine; to search for; expect; anticipate; to have in mind as an end; to exercise the power of vision; see; to direct one’s attention

Psalm 27:4 (NRSV)

One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

At the Spiritual Writer’s Conference I attended last week, Barbara Brown Taylor graciously shared so many insights and helpful ideas with us! She is one of my favorite authors, and I am blessed by her deep spirituality. In one presentation, she spoke of the word behold, noting that the King James Version of the Bible used this word quite often. Interestingly, the word believe was used much less than behold. Since then, translators over the years have reduced the number of “beholds,” and in doing so, we have lost something.

Both words are necessary words when we speak of our faith. But if I didn’t know about Jesus, I would be more apt to listen to someone share their experiences of him. I would want to hear about the ways he has helped us, the things he has done for us, the ways he continues to move within and among us today. I would want to know all the ways Christ-followers behold him in their daily living. I would be uninterested if I only heard that I needed to believe in him as my Savior. I wonder if we have been too intent on inviting people to believe certain things about Jesus Christ rather than to behold him.

Could it be that we don’t share our experiences because we have forgotten how to look for them? In order to behold we need to be watchful for, mindful of those God moments. If someone were to ask me today how I experienced Jesus yesterday, I am not certain I would be able to share any specific examples- not because he wasn’t present, but because I didn’t notice. I believe in Jesus. I know he is working in me, but maybe I begin to take him for granted and then neglect to keep looking.

For us to be ready to share our faith with others, we need to be attentive. We need to look and to note our experiences in beholding the incredible goodness of God. We should retain in our hearts and minds the times we have seen God at work in this awesome creation, or the times we have been guided by the powerful movement of the Spirit, or the times we have felt the presence of Jesus so near to us. These are the compelling faith stories that draw others to want to know more. These are also the compelling faith stories that keep us ever deepening in our own faith.

Look…

The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” (John 1:37-39)

 

All definitions are excerpted from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary at https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/

Photo credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash

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5 thoughts on “Look (Thursday, March 21st)

  1. Loved the post! I too enjoyed the insightful of Barbara Brown Taylor! I agree with you that we must start behold our experiences of God as well as our believing. I too believe and know that God is with me 24/7/365, but I want more, the tangible moments of clarity seeing the Holy Spirit work in and through others as well as myself. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing and sharing your faith. I’m so glad we met and can share our common interests in God and writing!

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  2. I loved today’s Look and Behold! ( let’s face it, there aren’t any l don’t love❣️) Behold just is a really strong word!
    We havs a new resident, Pastor Andrew Brown! A delightful gentleman who loves the Lord and we have had some great, uplifting talks! I look forward to sharing this devotion with him and further talks about Jesus! I don’t know why he is here, he is a young man ( comparatively ) but he is a boost to our Bible Study and l think he loves to share his thoughts about our precious Jesus as much as l do, anytime! I am so grateful for all the wonderful people God has put in my life! You are right at the top of my list! God Bless❣️🙏🙏🤗

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      1. One of the things Pastor Andrew said “ when the Lord gives you a new thought always look for the confirmation! I have been aware of “ coincidences “ after a new thought but l never actually sought them. Now I do and it has just blown me away! His insights have made my walk richer! That is what you do also! You give us new ways to look at things with your Novice Noticings! What a win win life it is to walk with our Lord!🤗🙏🙏

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