Take a closer look.
It wasn't until I enlarged the photo and took the time to really study her face that I realized it wasn't a face at all. I just perceived her as a face.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for. ~ John LubbockHow many times do we look at someone or a situation and perceive something that is totally not truth? But, we believe what we believe. Our "eyes" can, and will, deceive us.
We're studying the Book of James at Bible Study.
Even after all these years, Jame's words still cut me like a knife.
My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Lord of Glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? ~ James 1:1-4Judges...with evil thoughts?!
Oh, Merciful Father, thank You for The Blood of our Lord Jesus that covers us; that affords us the gift of Your Mercy.
Forgive me my thoughts and my partiality. Forgive me for seeing what my mind wants to see - instead of Truth. Thank You, that You do not judge us according to our outward appearances. I bow before You with a humbled heart and with thanksgiving. I'm so grateful for Your Love, Mercy, and Grace that is extended to me.
I pray You do not see evil thoughts or intents when You look into my heart; but, if You do, please, my Abba, show me. I want to have a pure heart. For blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matt. 5:8). I want to see You, Jesus, everywhere I go and in the face of all I meet.
And especially in my own reflection.
Because of Him and Unto Him,