June 22, 2008
Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul. I cry to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." Psalm 142:4-5
You, my friend, are on display.
Truly, each day, most of us are seen by hundreds of people. Unfortunately, most of those who look at us don't really see us. They look through us and they look past us and around us without ever really noticing us.
That truth was driven home to me when I heard of a French student by the name of Jean Louviot. Jean had managed to travel through Europe with a false photograph on his passport. When Jean pointed out the falsification to an embarrassed border official, the man offered the excuse, "It's the way kids wear their hair these days."
The official should have acknowledged his mistake because the picture on Jean's passport was that of his cocker spaniel.
Christians rejoice that they have a God who sees them as individuals and knows their every want and need. Having sent His Son to save us, He deals with each of us as being special.
In truth, we can learn a lot about how to deal with each other from the Lord. Which is why, today I encourage you to ask the Lord for a special outlook that will help you really see people.
If you do, you can almost be sure those with whom you come into contact will feel special, refreshed, and restored. They will know somebody cares about them and is reaching out to them in their hurts and problems. It's a good way to see.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear God, I rejoice that You see me as an individual and know my every want and need. Please give me a special outlook that will let me really see others. This I pray in the Name of Jesus, Who, having seen me, still loved me and died to save me. In His Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries