- Experience God with 20/20 Vision
As we begin the journey that is 2020, I am taking some liberty with the vision idea and that in this New Year we use all of our senses to experience God’s presence.
And, of course, we first begin with sight. Genesis 2:9 says “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” All around us is the beauty of nature. Can you see God in nature? Can you see the beauty of creation as a visual reminder of God’s presence in the world?
Yet we sometimes forget we, too, are a part of nature. We were also created by the beautiful artist known as God and therefore we can see God in each other. One of the themes I always teach is the “Imago Dei”, the Image of God. For we were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), therefore we should recognize the image of God in all we meet. Even if they are different, they, too, are created in God’s image.
When we look hard enough, when we open our eyes with 20/20 vision, we can see God’s acts through others, those “random acts of kindness”, those instances when we see Godly actions, those times when we see God in a smile, or twinkling eyes of children.
This year use your 20/20 vision. Look for the beauty of the earth, look for the Image of God in others, and be the Image of God by letting your light shine before others (Mt. 5:16).
Grace and peace,