Do we really see??
Today's devotional reading titled "Jogging"
"It is supposed to be good for the heart, the lungs, the muscles, and physical well-being generally. It is also said to produce a kind of euphoria known as joggers' high.
The look of anguish and despair that contorts the faces of most of the people you see huffing and puffing away at it by the side of the road, however, is striking. If you didn't know directly from them that they are having the time of their lives, the chances are you wouldn't be likely to guess it." ~Buechner
I thought to myself, the opposite is true as well. We see a multitude of people everyday, with smiling happy faces. But they mask a hurting sometimes devastated heart.
I seem to be drawn to this scripture again and again.
"My people are broken and shattered and they put on band-aids, saying, "It's not so bad, you'll be just fine!" But things are not fine!! (Jer 6:14 The Message)
I think this speaks to me in part because I walked through life with a smile that said all is well, things are just fine. When the reality was they were not. I had ignored all the "signs" that said differently. Until I acknowledged to myself first, then to God that I was a mess, that I was not doing well on my own, could change begin to happen.
I am seeing a little clearer these days, I am learning to see with a little more love, mercy, and tenderness.
Just a little, for I have far to travel.