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Giants in a mirror

January 7, 2011
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Images bend, hindsight isn't always 20x20

I’ve realized that my perception of the past may be a bit flawed. In the present day things always seem a little bigger than they actually are. You ever visit your old elementary school or high school and it seems to be smaller? That has happened to me and until now I did not know what it meant. Maybe my perception has continued to grow and has granted me the luxury of an expanded view of the world. Too bad most of our self-perception comes from the past’s inadequacies. This is all a myth. Like a mirror in a fun house (or Navy Pier) our skewed view of ourselves in the world around us can affect what we believe our role in it to be. Looking through the lens of past experiences, we will remain in a place that is unable to see the Now in which God lives. An example from Numbers 13:32-33:

So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying,”The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. “There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Based on their past history as slaves, there was no way they had what they need to defeat such a strong foe. But that was not how Joshua and Caleb looked at the land and its inhabitants. They saw them through the promise God made to His people. True vision can only come from belief in a promise that allows us to see what does not exist as if it does. This is an active posture of faith that does not take the past for granted, but as unsubstantial next to the glory of a manifested promise from the Ruler of all that is or ever will be. When looking back, we are never grasshoppers but giants standing on the shoulders of Christ.


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