Focus your eyes
Yesterday we looked at a perspective of the lost son. Today we will change our glasses. When I was 7 years old I remember looking at a shelf in Sears trying to read what the price tag said on a new toy that I wanted. It was strange. My eyes would not focus. The letters and numbers on the tag where fuzzy. They did not become clear until I moved closer to the tag. This was the first time I noticed something was wrong with my eyes. My mother took me to the eye doctor, and after a few tests, they determined that I was nearsighted. I would need to wear glasses. This was devastating, I didn't want to be the kid with glasses. When I put them on, however, everything changed. I could see. It was as if a fog had been lifted. Words that were once fuzzy, where clear. I could see! Sometimes we need to look at a passage in scripture several times to see all of the different angles in which God can speak to us. The parable that Jesus told of the lost son is one of great depth and beauty. There is so much we can learn from this story. One thing I want you to see is that it is also very good to read a passage over several times. Yesterday you read it in view of why the son left. Today I want you to focus your eyes on something else.
Read: Luke 15:11-32 Read it slower today. Focus on the feelings of the son.
Journal: Think about the Son and his journey, what did he feel like when he left home? What did he feel when he lost everything? Did he expect this to happen? What kind of emotions would he have gone through? When he thought about what to say to his father what feelings must he have had? What did he feel when the father welcomed him, and restored him?
Prayer: Today pray that God will help you to see your needs? Pray that God will give you a renewed hope in Him. Pray that God will forgive you for leaving him. Make Revelation 3:20 and Matthew 7:7 your prayer today.
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Ryan Hodgins, pastor, coach. Married to a gorgeous wife. Father to three girls. I need this epic walk.
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