Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Window Seat

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. -- Psalm 8:3-5

Many people go through life totally oblivious to what is going on around them.  Their shortsightedness may be physical or spiritual, or perhaps even emotional because of the sorrow and worry that pervade their lives.  They see trouble rather than triumph, obstacles rather than opportunity, and the whole of their existence consists of looking inward rather than watching the world from the window seat.

Although it has been years since I have flown, it has always been a thrill to occupy a window seat where I can view the world from a different perspective.  My favorite tables in restaurants, particularly coffee shops, are by the window where I can watch people come and go.  This morning as I lingered in the window seat of a local coffee shop while waiting for my car to be serviced, I gloried in the beauty of a cloudless fall day while I watched the patrons come in and out in a steady stream, all totally oblivious to the spectator seated in the corner by the window.

If we take the time and make the effort to be a little more observant of the world around us, we might find a million reasons to give thanks to the God who gave us eyes to see.  We need to turn our eyes away from computers and cell phones and ask God to give us eyes to see the world and those who occupy it as he does, with a heart for humanity and a desire to make a difference in the lives of those on the journey with us.

One of my favorite quotes from wise Rafiki of the "Lion King" movies is "look beyond what you can see."  Take time to marvel not at the beautiful tree before you, but at the wonderful insects that live on the tree.   Look not only at the faces of your fellow man, but look a little deeper into the hearts of those around you.  Perhaps we need to pray that God will not only broaden our horizons but give us a different perspective as we actively watch for opportunities to serve him and make him known.

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