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Thinking In Pictures

In order to think in pictures I have to be very aware of my surroundings.  Right now I’m sitting on my sofa, typing, and occasionally looking out the bay window that faces to the east across 228th St North. It’s my favorite place in the house. I can look at it two ways.

The first is as a field and trees.  In other words, just a rural blur. The second way is to see is to see a field that looks like a triangle with the tip cut off.  On the right and on the left the field falls away into hollows.  On the left edge of the field is a grove of pine trees.  These trees start on the field and then slope down into the hollow. I like the left side because you can see the field slope down into the hollow and come up on the other side.  Straight ahead are three more pine trees in a row on the tip of the cut off triangle.  To the right of the pine trees, where the right edge of the triangle meets the cut off tip, is an old white single story out building.  There are two large pine trees obscuring the right half of the out building and tall grass growing in front of building.  On the left side of the field in the hollow are about a dozen tall barren oak trees. 

Which of these two ways of seeing the view out the window will I remember in 10 years? I will remember the second.

My point is this.  I don’t just look but I see what I’m looking at because in these trying times, really seeing is comforting.

It comforts me, as well to know that God really sees me. God sees my heart, knows my thoughts, understands my emotions. And God loves me. We can all draw comfort from knowing that God sees, knows and loves us.

1 John 3:18-20

18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 19 And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20 whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything

Pastor Jim

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