Personal Perspective and the Light of Jesus
by Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | August 12, 2017
Several years ago, I was at a local county fair and was sitting on one of the shaded park benches while watching my son and a group of boys running and jumping near the entrance to one of the exhibitions halls. Strings of bright colored banner flags, the type we’ve all seen and probably never gave them much thought, were marking the entrance and flapped in the breeze. I heard the boys talking, and one them said, “look at all the triangles!” The other boy responded, “No, they are flags.” A simple and correct observation by both boys as the string banners were made up of flags, and they were triangles; they were triangle shaped flags. While each boy was correct in what they saw, each observation was not fully complete and they made assumptions based upon their perspectives.
Often in life we each see things differently from one another based upon the perspective of our past experiences. While each of our observations of what we see may be basically correct, the assumptions we may make from those observation are not correct; we are not seeing the complete picture. For us to completely understand and make a complete and accurate interpretation, we need to see the situation clearly, completely; we need to see it in the light. In John 9:1, Jesus’s disciples see a blind man, and immediately assume this man is blind because of this mans, or someone else’s sin, to which Jesus tells them there is more to what you see than your conclusion, and He brings light to the message so they may correctly see.
“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” ( John 9:1-5, ESV )
It is through Jesus we are able to walk through our lives, not in darkness of sin and ignorance, but in His light, for He is the light of the world, for now and forever. May Jesus not only bring His light into our lives, but may He also be the guiding shepherd throughout all our life.
The Lord is My Shepherd – Psalm 23
“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. “
In Jesus name we pray,