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No ‘Under the Radar’ with God!

5 Aug

I have to laugh when I see pictures or videos of dogs who think their owners can’t see them. Here are three trying to hide “under the radar.”

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It’s been said radar had a huge impact on how World War II was fought and won. Radar helps ships “see” with radio waves. It helps the crew of a ship know where enemy ships and aircraft are located, see through the fog in the daytime and navigate at night.

I always love it in military movies when a crew technician alerts the ship captain, “Sir, I see something on radar!” Then the captain can take appropriate action.

I’m reminded that God sees me in the great sea of humanity, even though I feel like a tiny blip on His radar screen.

In the story of Hagar, in Genesis 16, Sarai’s Egyptian slave was cast out from their presence, but the angel of the Lord “found” Hagar near a spring in the desert and gave her a message of promise and hope.

Then Hagar said (v. 13, NIV), “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” In fact, the name of the well where Hagar rested was then named Beer Lahai Roi, meaning “a well to the Living One Who sees me.”

God always sees us. We can never fly “under the radar” of His presence (Psalm 139:7; Jeremiah 23:24).

But Hagar, in Genesis 16:13 (Amplified version) adds, “…have I here also seen [the future purposes or designs of] Him Who sees me?”

God not only sees us, He sees us with purpose. He not only sees our current situations or predicaments, He also sees our potential and what He will accomplish in and through us.

As I contemplated these verses, I thought, “Am I concerned about seeing others, or am I too fixed on my own life, unable to “think on the things of others” (1 Corinthians 10:24; Philippians 2:4, 21). Oh how we need the mind and eyes of the Savior! (Philippians 2:5)

It’s convicting to ask, “Do I see others with the same love, concern and grace that Jesus sees me?”

The Lord says to me,

“Beloved Daughter, I see you and I am presently working in your life. Now go see others with my eyes. See who they might be as I work in their lives.”

This means rejoicing when others rejoice and weeping when they weep (Romans 12:15), bearing the infirmities of the weak (Romans 15:1), and responding in love and kindness without drawing attention to myself (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). It means seeing potential in people instead of judging them, and encouraging rather than simply passing by.

I have much to learn about God’s eyes. I can see Him “seeing” others all throughout the scriptures, and He continually adjusts my vision.

These days, more people are showing up on my “radar” and it is my joy to love and serve them as the Lord leads.

God sees. Do you? What might seeing with God’s eyes change about your responses to our hurting, confused world?

– Graphics of dogs, courtesy of pexels.com (static.pexels.com/photos/9440/light-dog-lamp-kitchen.jpg) and http://theverybesttop10.com/dogs-hiding/

 – Dawn

You Can’t Have It

6 Jun

My dog Roscoe can get pretty greedy! He doesn’t want his biscuits, but he won’t let his doggy buddy, Beau, have them either! He stands over them, growling, when Beau comes near.YouCantHaveIt_LOL

He’ll leave his stuffed dragon totally alone until I pick it up. Then he barks like crazy until I give it to him. “That’s mine!” he’s saying.

Or if I approach him when he has “Dino,” Roscoe gives me a low growl and a firm “You can’t have it” look. I keep trying to teach him, but this dog still doesn’t understand the word “share.”

On the human level, I think greed and discontent are often linked. I read about two friends, Mick and Ron, who met on the street. Mick looked sad, almost on the verge of tears.

“Hey, friend,” Ron said, “why do you look like the whole world caved in?”

Mick said, “Well, I’ll tell you. Three weeks ago, my uncle died and left me $50,000.”

“What? That’s not bad at all!” Ron said.

“Hold on. I’m just getting started,” Mick said. “Two weeks ago, a cousin I’ve never met kicked the bucket and left me $95,000, tax free.”

“Well, that’s great,” Ron said. “I’d like that.”

“And last week my grandfather passed away,” Mick said. “I inherited almost a million.”

“Mick! You’re kidding,” Ron said. “Why on earth are you so sad?”

Mick sighed. “This week? Nothing!” *

If we’re not content, we’re always wanting more. If we’ve learned to practice contentment, we can be satisfied with what we have.

I’m not talking about the dissatisfaction with ourselves that drives us to grow and make progress. I’m taking about the constant nag in our spirit to have more stuff! More money! A bigger and better anything!

The root of greed and discontent comes in believing we own anything in the first place. All things really belong to the Lord. 

Psalm 24:1 (HCSB) says,

“The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord.”

But if we think it all belongs to us, we’ll have the tendency to hold back when God asks to use  something we have . . . or to give it up to Him entirely. Like my dog Roscoe, we may–even though we don’t acknowledge this–turn to God and say, “You can’t have it.”

Oh, how we need to learn God-focused contentment.

Greed and discontent arise from a self-centered heart, but when we focus on what God wants and others’ needs, we can learn to rise above the “you can’t have it” mentality.

When do you see greed or discontent rise up in your life? In your home? Your church? What can you do to change that?

* Adapted, “Never Satisfied,” http://jokes.christiansunite.com/Greed/Never_Satisfied.shtml

– Dawn

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