Have you read this story before?
I’m certain I’ve read this story a million times.
The words are just a blur as I scan the page.
There’s nothing fresh here (I tell myself)
I’m not seeing pictures.
No movie is playing.
My imagination is comatose.
I wonder, “Whose fault is this?”
“Um, mine.” (I reluctantly admit)
So yesterday I tried looking at this story with fresh eyes.
What did I see?
- A relentless woman. (Her story is in your Bible in Matthew 15)
- A woman dressed different from other women in my town.
- A woman daring to make herself heard.
I sense that I recognize her
Yes she’s unique
Yet not unique
She’s a Mom.
FINDING A PURPOSE
Like only Mom’s can do this Mom says, “No!” to giving up on her child.
I’m guessing, but I suppose that nearly everyone else has lost hope for her daughter.
Friends quit bringing casseroles and cookies.
Relatives—even Grandma and Grandpa—rarely call because they’re afraid there’s no improvement.
Dad is beyond weary.
It’s evident as he says to his wife, “You go by yourself this time. I can’t handle another disappointment. I don’t believe Jesus will change anything.”
VALIDATING THE TREASURE
But Moms are tenacious (as in stubborn).
- Moms never quit hoping.
- Moms refuse to surrender to fatigue
- Moms keep dreams ablaze.
This is the stuff this Mom carries to Jesus.
Fresh eyes notice what Mom accomplishes with her conviction.
Fresh eyes revive my faith in these eight verses (21-28).
Fresh eyes allow me to view my situation differently.
The Holy Spirit refreshes me.
Song: Brandon Heath “Give Me Your Eyes.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5AkNqLuVgY)
Read: “Going to See Jesus” (Lee’s Nite Radio)
How are you staying fresh?
Today’s fun challenge is to view life with fresh eyes.