"But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord."
II Samuel 11: 27
"To Eye The Landscape"
"You cannot too often think there is a never-sleeping eye which reads the heart and registers our thoughts."
If I were aware of God's eyes watching over me, what is it that He would see?
Would I change my behavior at all if I truly believed that, "Thou, Lord, seest me?"
"As a Christian is never out of the reach of God's hand, so he (or she) is never out of the view of God's eye."
"God not only sees (us) He sees through (us)."
Over the last 25 years, I have worked with many organizations that provide educational opportunities for individuals, young and old, who have, for various reasons, lost their sight. After all these years, I have come to realize that I was the one needing education as I learned more about the blessed gift of sight which we have been given.
What I found, at least in my personal experience, was how frequently we take the gift of our senses for granted.
Just this past weekend, I finished reading a book about the real "Renaissance" man, Leonardo di Vinci. He was as historians note, one of the most gifted people who ever lived and one of his most unique talents was the way he learned to integrate the use of all his senses. As the author of this particular volume noted, how seldom do we really "use" our senses. As an example, he pointed out how little time he took to visually absorb the surroundings he encountered. I got to thinking how correct he was for the landscape that surrounds us most frequently becomes a blur as we whiz through one activity after another, giving little notice to the things within our visual field.
Having this information jog my mind was important to me the other evening as a storm blew into the canyon where we live. Usually, I am too busy but to think in passing, "Oh, it's raining outside." But on this occasion, I stopped what I was doing, and wandered out on the patio, specifically to visually take in the sights, along with the changing colors, as the sun set on a cloudburst of rain that fell against the rocks. What I suddenly realized was that all my senses were heightened as I became aware, not only of the visual panorama, but also the sounds and smells that accompanied the discernible panoply.
I take a moment to share this visual representation with you because what we see is so critical in helping us determine what we think, not only about others, but also about ourselves. It is, unfortunately, with this limited perception, that we come to conclusions and opinions which may or may not be correct.
This is why I'm thankful the Scriptures provide us with a different visual field than our own. In II Samuel 11: 27, this vision is called the, "sight of the Lord." In the book of Genesis, Hagar, who was the discarded handmaiden of Sarah, referred to God's visual line of sight as, "Thou, God, seest me." In the Hebrew translation, the "sight of God" is referred to as, "the eye of the landscape."
This definition of sight caused me to think about a Jeep tour I took many years ago into the "Red Rock Country," where I was able to have a different visual take on rocky landmarks I'd seen very frequently. What a difference there was when these prominent rocks were looked at as a whole, fitted in with other mountainous spectacles. It wasn't just an interesting sight, it was instructional for it helped me see, in a much more effective way, the totality of what I was viewing.
In our text today, I believe we are reminded that it was the totality of what God saw that not only is, but will be evident in our continuing studies about David. God's visual field took in the entirety that was David, not just the one pinnacle of an evil deed. This doesn't make what David did any less heinous. In fact, in God's sight, David's behavior toward Uriah was "evil." But within God's visual landscape David's entire life was laid out - the good, the bad, and the ugly. While we as humans tend to frequently focus on the worst in each other, thank God for sight that encompasses the whole…the entire…the complete, a total landscape that not only reminds me that God "sees" me, but encourages my heart to know that the "depth of field" in my Father's vision allows, as J. Charles Stern wrote, for there to be "nothing around the corner which is beyond God's view."
Thousands of years ago, Titus Maccius Plautus said, "There is indeed a God that hears and sees whatever we do." How thankful I am that our Father's eye sees the entire landscape of my life and yours - not just the evil - but all that we are.
It touches my heart and provides me with great encouragement in my walk each day that in spite of all that David did and in spite of all God knew David had done, God still loved David. J. Charles Stern recognized this fact when he noted, "God knows us altogether and cares for us in spite of that knowledge." What a gracious and loving Father we have.
"Who sees with equal eye, as God of all,
a hero perish or a sparrow fall,
Atoms or systems into ruin
hurled and now a bubble burst,
and now a world."
Essay on Man
"O thou to whose all-searching sight
The darkness shineth as the light
Search, prove my heart; it pants for thee;
O, burst these bonds, and set it free!
Wash out its stains, refine its dross,
Nail my affections to the Cross;
Hallow each thought; let all within
Be clean, as thou, my Lord, art clean!
If in this darksome wild I stray,
Be thou my light, be thou my way;
No foes, no violence I fear,
No fraud, while thou, my God, art near.
When rising floods my soul o'erflow,
When sinks my heart in waves of woe,
Jesus, thy timely aid impart,
And raise my head, and cheer my heart.
Saviour, where'er thy steps I see,
Dauntless, untired, I follow thee!
Oh, let thy hand support me still,
And lead me to thy holy hill!
If rough and thorny be the way,
My strength proportion to my day;
Till toil, and grief, and pain shall cease,
Where all is calm, and joy, and peace."
Count von Zinzendorf
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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