Those who choose to look beneath


It seems to me that what we all have a great need of is for a group of people who will choose to see beneath.

You see, our eyes are naturally drawn to what's right in front of our face. We look first to the things that seem to be the grandest and the greatest. Yet the greatest of all isn't always shown at a simple first glance.

Whenever there's treasure to be found, you can guarantee that you're going to have to dig for it. It's just the way that these things go. No jewel gained without some sort of strain. There's always going to be a strain. A strain on our hearts, a strain on our schedule, a strain on our easily tired-out bodies. With our human weakness there's always an inconvenience involved. And yet, treasures of Heaven are always going to be worth a lifetime of strain in earthly measures.

There's a Man who modeled this whole idea of looking beneath, and He did it remarkably well.

Jesus lived His life looking beneath the surface. You know that verse about how Man looks at the outward, but God looks at the heart? Yeah, the heart is one of those treasure that are found beneath. This is the sort of thing that we're all really needing.

You've probably got a whole heap of your own troubles and sorrows buried underneath. And maybe life's not all that difficult at the moment, but I bet there's still going to be a whole pile of wonderings and a whole, heaping lot of questions in your mind.

Of course, these aren't the things that you're going to go ahead and put up front in life. You might just be an expert at hiding all of the less than pretty pieces of life deep beneath the surface. Some of it was never meant to be seen by the entire world, after all. But still, they are there. Those questions don't always go away, and the wonderings can be enough to turn our hearts into a sort of crazy.

I'm asking you now to look at your very own hidden world. I'm asking you to realize that you're far from the only one that's an expert at hiding things beneath.




When Jesus walked along His earth, He had a way of looking at people, and instantly seeing all that was beneath.

In the woman who lay in the dirt, accused by the masses, He saw underneath to her broken and repentant heart. (John 8:2-11)

In the children who ran after him and were told to be gone, He saw that they would be the next generation of Christ-followers. (Matthew 19:13-15)

In the masses of people who continuously and inconveniently followed after Him, He saw the hungry hearts, looking for relief. (Matthew 9:36)

In the soldiers who mocked and beat Him, He saw underneath to their hearts so desperate for a Savior. (Luke 23:34)

In the great terror that was taking place, and the enemies seeming win, He saw beneath to the victory that was coming-ready to burst right through every war that this lying serpent thought He had won. (Luke 18:33)

There's always a freeing and raw beauty that's found just beneath the surface in the true realities.

When you look a person in the eye, don't ever let yourself forget that there's more than just what the surface reveals. Ask for the vision of Christ, that every human heart that passes you by, might sense that they are known and loved. Loved in a way that only comes from the One who knows every bit of what's been built up in their hearts.

When that family member hurts you, or the close friend up and deserts you, choose to let the grace of God give sight to your hurting eyes, to see their own hurting that's hidden there beneath.

When this crazy world gets the best of you and you're wondering why the storms are needed, go ahead and take a look beneath. You're going to see the mighty pillars of a Faithful God holding you straight up. You're going to see the never ending wells of His promises that will never let you down.

Choose to always look beneath the surface to the truth that lies below, and you'll find you're looking at this whole world from Heavens clearer view.




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