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SIGHT VS. VISION

 

 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Heb. 10:23)

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all have those days when we may feel more hopeless than hopeful. It can happen even on days when we are not dealing with major difficulties or trauma. Many of us are sensitive to weather conditions and the barometric pressure may affect us both physically and mentally. The above passage points out that “he who promised is faithful.” Still, for most of us human creatures, we can begin to doubt fairly easily.

Today, let us take a few quiet moments and evaluate our emotional state. Many of us get so busy with living life that we rarely even pause to check out how we are feeling. Is something bothering us? Can we think of a way to deal with this or let go of it.  We all have some ways to stay positive and hopeful that work for us.  For me, it is a great help to remember that the sun is always shining.  Even when it is raining or snowing, the sun is there behind the clouds.

There is much in our lives that is always there, even though our vision of it may be obscured for any number of reasons. I need to be able to see the sun with my internal vision even when I may not be able to see it with my eyes. My prayer for us all today is that we may find internally sunny weather no matter what we see outside.

Taken from “Talks with our Creator” for January 16th

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Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock
and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks
receives; he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks,
the door will be opened. (Matt. 7:7-8)

 

 

 

 

 

We all have phrases, slogans, or sayings which especially speak to us.  One I’m fond of tells me that God will never close a door but that He will also open a window. There have been times in my life when I’ve had doubts about where that window is and how long it will take it to open, but it’s always shown up eventually.

 
Helen Keller put it this way, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” How true that can be.  Helen Keller was an extremely remarkable lady. Being human, we hate it when doors close—especially if we feel they should have remained open.
We can then get so focused on the door now shut that we fail to be open to the beauty we might find from any number of windows were we to stop bemoaning that closed door.

 
Today, examine some of the ways in which you may be struggling with doors that have closed or are closing. Are you failing to see the open windows? Have you even made an effort to look for them? Are you failing to realize that each day, each moment brings us a new beginning? Perhaps you don’t see the open windows because they are in unexpected places. If you spend some time reflecting upon where you might find those opening windows, you may have a better chance of locating them. You may also find you’ve become more accepting of those closed doors.

 

Taken from “Talks with our Creator” for July 10th

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