speck in your eye

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye” Matthew 7:3

My daughter came home with a speck in her eye.  On recess the wind was blowing and before she knew it she had something in her eye.  She came home complaining.  I looked and saw a speck.  We washed the eye, rubbed the eye, eye dropped the eye, still the speck didn’t move.  The eye was getting more and more red, so we went to see the doctor.  He simply numbed the eye and removed the speck, put some ointment in her eye and sent us on our away……with a great lesson of how irritating a speck can be.

I immediately thought of this verse and how many times I’ve been reminded of it in the last few months.  I’ve thought a lot about how quick we are to rush to judgment of someone and their ‘situation’.  I admit that it is very easy to do.  You hear about things and its pretty easy to put people in a ‘category’, assuming that they and their situation must fit into the judgment box we’ve created. Recently, I’ve felt how damaging this rushing to judgment can be in my own personal life.  The verses prior to this one say “Do not judge lest you be judged.  For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you”.  That word ‘Judge’ in these verses means to form and express a judgment or opinion as to any person or thing in an absolute sense. 

So, when I saw that speck and how much it hurt my daughter but yet how small it was, it reminded me that the speck in someone else’s eye is probably enough of an irritant, they probably don’t need any help pointing it out!  God doesn’t need our help, He’s the one that has authored the consequences of a speck in the eye, the irritation it causes. In many ways pointing out the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye can cause them more hurt then they are already experiencing due to the speck.  Not to mention the fact that if we are judging that speck when we have a LOG of our own, then God will judge us by our own standard of measure! 

God removes the speck! He alone has the grace to reveal it and He alone takes it out.  Today, I contemplate God’s great work in my own ‘eye’, gently pointing out the speck and allowing me the opportunity and the time for Him to remove it.  The speck can be removed as simply as my daughters speck was removed, it says so in Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you”

God come and remove the LOG that is in my eye, continue the heart surgery you are doing in me; that I may have the grace to leave all judgment to You and You alone. You are faithful! Thank you God for specks in our eyes, that are enough of an irritant to turn our eyes back to you.  Thank you that you are a God of Justice and you will make all things new.  I ask and you give, I seek and I find, I knock and You open the doors.  You my God have my heart and now take the speck(log) from my eye!

How smart cars make you stupider…or more stupid, or maybe just spoiled

Do you have a SMART car?  Have you driven a car with sensors that tell you when you are getting close to places your car could damage…like when parallel parking or backing up?  As your vehicle approaches the object you hear a beeping that gets closer and closer together, as you get closer to the object the car doesn’t want you to hit! Or better yet, some cars now have these great little camera’s that show you a real-time video of the objects behind your car!  Or maybe you have the kind of technologically advanced car that can start without a key in the ignition, you just push a button to start it as long as the key is somewhere lost in the depths of your purse Or better yet maybe your car has a button on the key thingy that will start your car for you before you even get in.  Technology just amazes me!  and how handy it can be…..

UNLESS…..

You have driven such a car for say….close to 6 or more years and then all of a sudden you don’t have a car like that anymore and instead you are driving a really great, well-loved, antique(2000) jeep without such technological advances.  And perhaps you come to realize the driving of the smart car for so many years has made you a stupid, “non functioning well in some areas” driver. 

For example, not using any names as to not slander a persons reputation, perhaps a person got used to not having to have her key to start her smart car in the past, and now needs the actual key to start the well-loved jeep, and maybe she has lost the key a number of times and has caused multiple delays for her family. Or just perhaps, God help ’em, a person would be backing up, completely dependant on the beeping sound, totally forsaking the ‘wrench your neck around’ or ‘get out of the vehicle and do a walk around inspection before backing up’ detail.  and therefore being totally dependant on the smart car beeping amenity backs into a (we’ll say for the sake of a better illustration) parked car.  Not mentioning that the parked car probably was parked in a very unsafe place and was a very ugly purple/blue color and probably needed to be retired to a dump yard anyway….. But This is the kind of thing I’m talking about when I referred to the possibility that smart cars can make you stupider. Or really probably more importantly the smart car actually just makes you spoiled and lazy. 

That’s all I wanted to say about that, perhaps you’ll want to think twice before you become dependant on a smart car, smart phone, smart  smart whatever things…..it could do damage.  Just an inspired observation and an important warning!

Love,

A recovering Smart car driver

While the Wind Blows

I received this story at a retreat this last weekend and because it spoke to me in great and marvelous ways, I share it with you!

Can you sleep while the wind blows?

Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast.  He constantly advertised for hired hands.  Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic.  They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.  Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer,

“Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him.  “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him.  The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.  Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore.  Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters.  He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming!  Tie things down before they blow away!”

The little man rolled over in bend and said firmly, “No sir.  I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”  Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot.  Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm.  To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins.  The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred.  The shutters were tightly secured.  Everything was tied down.  Nothing could blow away.  The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also

SLEEP WHILE THE WIND BLEW.

When you’re prepared, spiritually, mentally and physically, you have nothing to fear.  Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?  We don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the middle of storms.

Sleeping while the wind blows,

Tracy