Daily Delight

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I often find myself putting the Creator of the universe in a frame. I limit His power. I look at His reflection through a smudgy mirror. I subconsciously confine my mindset to the limitations of the frame and I am content. I am comfortable. After looking at the smudge filled mirror awhile I forget what the true reflection looks like. The framed reflection is reality and I am comfortable.

With this as my vision my prayers follow suit. I pray for only that which I can see and nothing beyond the frame. I am forgetful life outside the frame exists. My vision is narrow and smudged.
This is where the Lord stops me. He takes the mirror off its hook and says, “Turn from the wall and look to me.”

Martha’s comfortability was taken when her brother, Lazarus, died. As Jesus was making his way to her home she immediately ran to meet Him. She was distraught with her brother’s death and told Jesus that if He had been there then her brother would not have died. Her sister, Mary, came shortly after and said the same thing. At this, they wept. When Jesus saw the people weeping He was deeply moved in spirit and began to weep as well. He saw their pain and joined in with tears (John 11).

The women had been looking inside the frame. Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead so that the glory of God could be seen. Yet, He still weeps with the women. He joins in on their pain.

Jesus does this with us. He knows full well we have the vision of only the smudges on a mirror when He can see the whole room. We cannot see the whole scene, thus we weep and out of our Lord’s infinite compassion He joins in. Jesus joins in on our pain even when He knows about the joy that is coming. That is our Savior. That is our King.

With the free will He gives I have the option to look at the smudged mirror on the wall, but He pushes me beyond this. I am pushed to dream big and pray bigger. I am pushed to look to Christ not my framed image of Him. I am pushed to pray beyond what is seen. I am pushed to have greater faith not deeper comfort. I am pushed to dream big and pray bigger.

{photo: @e_wats}

About the Author

Emily Watson≫ ≫Emily is a student at Oklahoma State University eagerly seeking the Creator and Savior of her soul. She is an avid lover of mornings, the golden hour, fresh flowers, coffee with cream, books, and quality time. You will often find her with a camera around her neck and a willingness to engage with others. The Lord continues to show her more and more of His glory and grace through the man made lens, which then spurs on her writing. You can see more of Emily’s photography and devotional writings at ewatsphotography.com.


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