Find and See Clearly
Do you remember the series of books, Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford? Waldo or Wally, as he is known in the UK is a cartoon-like young male character that wears a bright red and white striped shirt and matching cap. Handford hides the character in a plethora ofÂ different colorful situations of busy crowds in which young readers are to find him. As Handford advanced the series of books Waldo becomes harder to find as the artist reduced the character’s size on the page and surrounds him by other characters. I’ve read that sometimes the artist spent up to 8 weeks drawing a two-page sketch of the elusive character and surrounding environment.
Sometimes it is hard to find things when there is a lot going on around you. When life gets bogged down with problems or issues, joy appears as elusive as Waldo. This is why it is so important to know and recognize Christ in our busy lives. For it is through Him that we have life and because of that, we can hold constant joy.
Seeing the joy and benefits of a life lived in companionship with God is only possible through Christ. But it is often difficult to find joy when life overwhelms us. This is why it is so important to stop when we begin to get lost in the busyness and call out to God. Unlike Waldo, He is not difficult to find nor is He evasive. He stands waiting for us to see Him for who He is. When we see and focus on Him clearly we realize that He is not only here for us now, but eternally.
Find the Secret
Finding, seeing, and experiencing Christ in the present allows us to move ahead in confidence. We can know that God will keep us from straying off His chosen path, even with the crowds of life’s problems. This secret of joy is no secret and is available for everyone on earth. A life of joy is deeper than the temporal world of happiness and experiencing joy is possible, despite the deepest problems that may surround us.
When we find Christ, we not only see, but experience contentment found with His daily presence. This way of life helps us to see clearly the ability to hold a real life of joy, both now and in the future.
You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence. Acts 2:28 (NLT)
Three Days to See
In January of 1933, The Atlantic Monthly, featured an article written by Helen Keller;Â Three Days to See. In that article, she outlined the things she would like to see if granted sight for just 3 days. It is a very powerfully written article that makes you stop and really think about life and its many offerings. Keller points out that if we actually faced the fate of going from blindness to sight, our eyes would open to things never experienced. Everything we saw would become precious to us. We would touch and embrace every object in our sight range and then we would see an entirely new world of beauty that opens before us.
God also opened our eyes in 3 days, so we now can see a different world. In three days, the world changed forever as God’s son was sacrificed for us. He succumbed to death and burial but on the 3rd day rose again. These 3 days give us an entirely new world of beauty that is open before us. When we find Christ, we can base our life on God and not our circumstances.
It is important to remember that happiness is temporary and based on external circumstances and while a life of happiness sounds good it simply doesn’t last. The gift wears out, the money disappears, or the relationship breaks. But a life of joy is lasting and possible because it is based on God’s presence within us.
When you find, see, and experience life with Christ, you realize that God is with you all the time and a life of joy results as you draw your strength from His presence. It is only through Christ that life is possible and for this eternal joy abounds.
Won’t you take the challenge to find, see, and experience a life of real joy? Allow your convictions to propel you forward even when you feel like your circumstances are crowding you out. Find motivation to move forward knowing that God is always with you and surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that you hold a life of joy because of Christ.
Your life is not your circumstances no matter how evasive joy may seem to hide sometimes. Look carefully and you will find it as a hidden jewel among the mess. Keller concluded her article with these words. ”I, who am blind can give one hint to those who see: Use your eyes as if tomorrow you were stricken blind.” If you know Christ, then you too should use your eyes to not only see the joy in the life that surrounds you but also to see those in your presence that remain blind. Help them find, see, and experience a real life of joy by holding a personal relationship with God.
Love in Christ,
Vision is the art of seeing, what is invisible to others.
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you have days where joy is as difficult to find as Waldo? Are you able to seek Him out among the mess that surrounds your life on difficult days, so you can experience a real life of joy? Share your thoughts of finding, seeing, and experiencing a real life of joy.
Credits Keller, H. (1933, January). Three Days to See. The Atlantic Monthly, 151(1), pp. 35-42.