Saturday, March 5, 2016

What's blocking your hope?

So my friend Dee messaged me right as I was about to write this.  She sent me a little video and said it reminded her of how I use my writing to spread hope. So of course I was desperate for any idea (since my muse wasn't showing up) and my mind went right to my little yorkie Hope (shocking, I know!)

I was trying to feed her the other day, and she walked around the bowl and began wandering around staring up at the sky.  I slowly escorted her back to her food.  She normally inhales it, barely bothering to chew (with the few teeth she has left ;)  But she wandered off aimlessly yet again.  I literally began to hand feed her since she is very frail lately.  The Vet said to try and feed her more often since I was concerned with her weight loss.

So I slowly slipped away to see if she would continue to eat on her own, but low and behold she started to look confused, staggering as if she was blind.  I really started to worry, considering she is 77 yrs. old in doggie years (and not a spring chicken...um yorkie anymore!)  Age will inevitably start to take its toll.  Sigh.

But when I took a closer look, I soon realized her 'lack of sight' was fixable!  The poor thing had her hair matted down 'blocking her vision'.

I wonder how many things we have 'blocking our vision' of God that is fixable? Within our control?  Things that are crowding in on us, getting between ourselves and a 'clear view' of the destiny God has set before us.  

Now little Hopey clearly needs a simple bath to improve her sight...we may need a little spa treatment too, or a little R & R to clear our head.  Life tends to go at lightning speed where we can barely catch our breath.  Sometimes we know to be intentional and take the time, and sometimes God has a way of intervening to give us some forced rest.  Like my hubby who is down for the count with the Flu and has no alternative.  (poor thing)

So whether we simply have to clear the hair out of our eyes like my yorkie, or clear our schedule and some of the excess things that make it harder to focus on the Bigger Picture, we all need to be careful of what 'blocks our view' of Him.

Starting the day in the Word can frame your day and get your sights on Him and His direction for you rather than the world's direction.  Social media can 'block your view' as you see what other people may value and are driven by.  Billboards on the side of the road can broadcast a different message of what you need.  We are bombarded with false advertising, filled with messages of what will satisfy.  But if you read the Owner's Manual, His design for you is the only sure thing that will ultimately fulfill you. He made you, He should know.

Just as I have to regularly bathe sweet Hope and clean her eyes, we need to consistently stay on top of keeping our vision clear.  The enemy loves to catch us napping and if we're not alert he can lure us away, aimlessly wandering around like a yorkie in desperate need of a shampoo!

And how many times are we missing out on a blessing right in front of us like Hope's big bowl of Pedigree...because something is blocking our view of God's provision inches away?


Psalm 119:18

"Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things."




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