Enlightening the Eyes

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A lot depends on your point of view.

If someone is generally unhappy, they may say,

“What an awful, gray and rainy day. I should have stayed in bed this morning.”

If someone just said “Yes” to a marriage proposal while at breakfast on that very same morning, they may say,

“This is the most wonderful day I could’ve imagined! I will remember those soft drops of rain on our umbrella and the beautiful clouds forever!”

Same day.

Same rain.

Same gray clouds.

So, what’s the difference?

It’s how we see things.

I photographed a swallowtail butterfly in my yard a while ago.

In the back of my mind somewhere, I thought I remembered that there was something special about a butterfly’s vision.

Doing a little research, I found that swallowtail butterflies can see ultraviolet, purple, blue, green, red and wideband light from red to purple.

There has been a lot of research on just what a swallowtail can see and how it sees it.

There’s even research about why they see like they do.

Although I can’t tell the difference between how a butterfly views my backyard and how I view it, I can easily assume that it’s not the same.

For one thing, I can’t see ultraviolet light.

The psalmist says,

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
 the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.

–Psalm 19:7-9

If I am looking at life with eyes that have been enlightened by God’s guidance, my viewpoint will be vastly different from that of others.

Through every situation, whether it be a happy occasion or a difficult trial, we will not perceive it in the same way.

As a swallowtail butterfly sees ultraviolet light, so we can perceive the love and direction of God in our lives.

Perfect.

Sure.

Right.

Pure.

Clean.

True.

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Be Still

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Friday night, some of my friends wanted to go out to see a movie.

I didn’t want to go.

There was this compelling idea of staying home and being less busy.

Maybe even quiet.

Yesterday and today, there was a nearby nature festival with a lot of photo opportunities and things to learn.

A friend invited me.

I decided not to go.

Instead, I quietly trimmed limbs from the trees in my yard.

Not talking to anyone.

Sometimes praying.

Sometimes singing.

Trying to listen for what God might be telling me.

After church this morning, I looked forward to coming home with more time to be quiet and thoughtful.

Sitting in a chair, writing some things down as I pondered, I saw a butterfly through the window fluttering around a blooming bush outside.

I am thankful for the past two days.

Intentionally slower days.

Decidedly quieter days.

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