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Context Lenses

I put my disposable contacts in my eyes but something was wrong. Everything looked wonky. I blinked several times, thinking they would adjust, but nothing doing. I covered my right eye and looked through my left–the one with the higher prescription. I couldn’t read the bedroom alarm clock 10 feet away!

Then it hit me. My contacts were in the wrong eyes! Sure enough, when I switched them, life came back into focus.

It’s like this in the world sometimes–looking at life through the wrong lenses. Our limited perspective appears wonky compared to God’s immeasurable wisdom. We seriously need a better focus.

Looking at things from God’s perspective can make a world of difference. But there’s a problem. We can’t manufacture heavenly reality for ourselves. Apart from His help, divine wisdom is beyond our comprehension.

“Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?” –Romans 11:33-34 (NASB)

There are so many scriptural examples where folks on the ground got it wrong. One of my favorite stories is when the guys on the water did.

Jesus is crossing a lake with the disciples when a sudden squall begins to swamp the boat. Time for the seasoned fishermen to wake up the carpenter.

“Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” – Luke 8:24 (NIV)

Jesus spoke to the fierce storm, “Peace, be still!” And the wind died down completely and there was a miraculous calm (Mark 4:39).

The disciples thought the “truth” was they were about to drown. But their context lenses were in the wrong eyes. As Henry Blackaby says, “Truth was asleep in the back of the boat!”

Christ not only speaks truth to a situation, He CREATES it.

Again, here’s Blackaby: “You can never know the truth of your circumstances unless you have first heard from Jesus.”

Is it time to wake up the carpenter?


Context Lenses

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The Spider on the Rim

Shuffling into the kitchen early one morning, bleary-eyed and half awake, I reached for my favorite cereal bowl. In went the Cheerios and milk, and I sat down for my daily devotional time.

Reading and eating is one of my favorite things. But today I was in for a shock. Two bites in I saw a spider on the rim. The rim of my cereal bowl, that is!

And it wasn’t any old spider. My right hand, the one I use to feed myself, had come very close to a brown recluse, or fiddle back–one of the most venomous spiders in North America. And my little milk drenched friend didn’t look happy.

Sorry, I don’t have a photo. I normally take a picture of everything I eat and post it on Instagram.

Not really, Tina.🥸

But, this particular morning, the spider frightened me and I dropped my phone (Which was in my other hand, of course).

My blogger buddy, BG O’Neal, shared a scripture this same day that made me think of my tiny eight legged interloper.

“Dead flies can make a whole bottle of perfume stink, and a little stupidity can cancel out the greatest wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 10:1 (GNT)

It only took one spider, who likely fell into the empty bowl in the cupboard, to ruin my whole breakfast. AND he totally creeped me out!

Isn’t this a picture of what happens in interpersonal relationships? We’re sitting on our tuffets, like Little Miss Muffet, when along comes a you know what 🕷 and ruins EVERYTHING. Whole companies and churches have been spoiled in this manner.

“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” – Hebrews 12:15 (NIV)

I never used to look into a bowl before using it. But now, after the other day, I do it every time!

Prayer:

Heavenly Father. As I walk through this fallen world, among believers and non-believers, help me not to be a “spider on the rim.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

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What was that, God?

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I once heard a story about a little boy who misheard part of the Lord’s Prayer. Where it says, “forgive us our trespasses,” he thought the people at church were saying, “forgive us our trash baskets.”

There’s actually a term for this. According to Dictionary.com, a word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of another word or phrase is called a mondegreen. In many cases, the misinterpretation gives the original phrase a new meaning. Like in the song, Purple Haze, when Jimmy Hendrix sings, “Scuse me while I kiss the sky,” but the listener hears, “Scuse me while I kiss this guy.”

I wonder, do mondegreens sometimes happen when God speaks to us? After all, He doesn’t think or work the same way we do (Isaiah 55:9), so it stands to reason that His instructions could easily be lost in translation.

God: “You have enough stuff.”
Me: “I need a new truck!”

Or maybe we clearly hear what God says, but creatively interpret the meaning. This mistake cost Saul his kingdom, in 1 Samuel chapter 13, when he offered up burnt offerings to God as a stand-in for the prophet Samuel.

Something like this happened to me the year I turned forty, but not with such dire results. I clearly heard the Holy Spirit say, “It’s time to get the music started.” I interpreted this to mean that I needed to begin a Christian concert ministry, record albums, and pitch my songs to Nashville publishers. To me, it was all or nothing–throwing the entirety of God’s resources up in the air at once.

But the Lord had something else in mind. He opened a door for my wife and me to share music in nursing homes and assisted living centers, making seniors feel better by singing their favorite hymns. My own gospel songs never made it to Nashville, but they still touched people–a few at a time. I know, because they told me so. Clearly, God’s plan to, “get the music started,” meant something more like passing out a bag of nickels one at time, rather than my grandiose ideas.

So that’s my, “What was that, God?” story.

Have you ever misheard God or misinterpreted what He said to you? If so, please share. I’d love to hear about it.

https://davidsdailydose.org/2020/09/05/what-was-that-god/