Sunday, May 31, 2009

Spiritual Sunday ~ What God Sees

This devotional was written by Leslie Snyder

Do You See What I See?

But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." —1 Samuel 16:7

According to research at Cambridge University, it doesn’t matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be in the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole.

Give the theory a shot, and see if it’s true:

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Isn’t it amazing? I love this illustration of how the mind works to put words together. It goes against everything I was taught in grade school and totally ends the need for spell check! It’s the perfect example that confirms what you see may not be what you get.

Here’s a reminder: God is searching our hearts. He doesn’t care about our outward appearances. In fact, many of us have gotten so good at hiding who we really are that even we don’t recognize our true selves. And, it’s often Christians who put masks on so quickly, fearing that if other people really knew them, they would be rejected, condemned, or cast aside like yesterday’s paper.

Today, if you are hiding behind a mask, afraid to reveal your true self, allow God to peel back the layers in order to find your true self…the one that was made in the image of God.


Becky said...

That's a wonderful devotion. Thanks for sharing it. It is amazing to me as I grow older how much more "peeling" needs to be done!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a great devotion, and that experiment was fascinating. Hadn't heard that. Normally, I'm such a typo nut that I am bothered by them. Now, I know that I can still read as long as the first and last letter are in order!

And you're right about the Lord, He does look on the heart. I can't tell you how many times my grandmother said to ALL of us growing up that "Pretty is as pretty does." That helped teach me to look on the heart and not the outer person's appearance. I hope I do that. I try to still, all these many years after she drilled it into our heads. And I am SO thankful she did. :-)

Thanks for sharing this reminder.


Sheila :-)

Smilingsal said...

We all must struggle to stop judging. Thanks for sharing. Happy SS Sunday.

Lisa said...

Great post. It also speaks about God taking total messes and making them turn out all right! Amen (O: Thanks for posting!

Lisa said...

That is really great! I've heard about the first and last letter thing before. It takes a minute to read it but it is really neat! Thanks for sharing this message!
Hugs and blessings, Lisa

Clif said...


skoots1mom said...

masks do get in the way :)

Charlotte said...

I've seen this word thing before and it always amazes me. Thank you for sharing this with us today.
Happy Spiritual Sunday.

Ms.Daisy said...

Great post...makes us think. I like that kind!


enchanting cottage said...

This is a great post! I'm glad that you shared it with us.
God Bless,