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I Can See Clearly Now…

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Our fellowship group hasn’t met in person since the end of March but yesterday, now that we are in Covid Alert level one, we met for a bring and share lunch to celebrate the four birthdays in September. As I was eating my potato salad, the young man sitting opposite me stopped me and said there was a hair on my potato salad. I looked where he pointed but I saw nothing. My husband found the hair and removed it for me. My eyes are probably my weakest physical attributes. I wear contact lenses for distance vision and multifocals for reading.

This morning I read the words of Jesus from Revelation 3:17-18, “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” NIV

As somebody with weak eyesight, I regard the eye salve as the most important treasure Jesus is offering. If I can’t see that I am poor and naked, I won’t see the need to buy gold or white clothes. If I can’t see that I am a sinner, I won’t repent.

I get a picture in my mind of a small girl in a forest. She makes a broom of branches and sweeps pine needles into lines to make walls of her imaginary house. She sweeps the interior clean and then gathers acorns for her treasure. She doesn’t know her family has no money, that her clothes are torn and dirty, that her hair is unwashed and unkempt. She considers herself rich because she has so many acorns.

I tremble to think that I might be like that little girl, blind to the reality of how God sees me.

My Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, please open my eyes to my sin, the poverty of my love, my uncleanness. Give me ointment for my eyes, gold so that I may be rich towards you, and clothes, white and spotless, that can only be obtained through Your sacrifice. Thank You. Amen.

I was naked…

Today we walked to the Hibberdene shopping area to buy the last couple of things before we leave on Friday.

While we were in the Chinese shop, a policeman came in. I didn’t hear all of the conversation but from what I did hear, there was a naked man in the back of the police van.

“Naked, naked. Kaalgat,” he said to all nearby and added another word in a language I didn’t understand.

He wanted to buy some cheap clothes for the man. The Chinese owner seemed hostile. Perhaps she had had unpleasant experiences of the police before. She seemed affronted that the police wanted to buy in her shop. Nevertheless she showed the policeman the clothes on sale. He held up a grey, long sleeved top and was looking for pants when we left the shop.

I was impressed. With all the negative media hype, here was a policeman doing his duty but also showing compassion for another person who was possibly homeless, a criminal or drunk. I don’t know whether he was planning to pay for the clothes from his own pocket or whether he thought the SAPS would foot the bill. In either case, I was reminded of Jesus’ words, “I was naked and you clothed me, … Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:36,40b)

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