Thursday, December 22, 2011
Under the Magnifying Glass . . .
And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant."
One Christmas, my brother and I find a magnifying glass in each of our stockings. We are enthralled! And, waste no time trying them out.
We inspect everything imaginable.
Toys. Books. Lamp shades. Tables. Chairs. The dog's fur. Turkey slices on our plates.
Our skin. "Wow! Look at all the tiny pores!"
Our clothing. "Hey! All these fibers have little hairs!"
You name it, we're examining it!
I especially like holding it over the words in my favorite book, Charlotte's Web. I am awed by the miniscule flaws in the inked letters. The way one small word becomes gigantic.
Larger than life.
Revealing a fresh, new perspective.
Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary . . .
Stop a moment. Think.
Where are you now in your walk with the Lord?
How strong is your faith?
Is it, as the old hymn goes, "well with your soul"?
In these few days before Christmas, take time to reflect. Get out your magnifying glass and look deep within yourself.
And, ask yourself these questions -
"Is my relationship with God ordinary or extraordinary?"
"How can my soul, like Mary's, magnify Him?"
Will you pray with me?
Help us, Father, to seek an extraordinary relationship with you. May we magnify Your love, Your comfort, and Your grace with humility and faith. Amen.
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