Where does the time go!?
Khloe’s at that stage now where she’s preparing to crawl- she’s starting to get up on her hands and knees and can spin herself around in a pretty good circle. I was sharing all of this on the phone with Casey the other day, so he told me to take a picture and send it to him. I was so excited, watching my little baby beaming as she explored her new trick.
I picked up my phone and hit the camera app, my heart full with the joy I was about to share with my husband. Only, when I lifted the phone up to take the picture, instead of my sweet rosebud on the screen, I captured this doozy:
Oh, iPhone, I love and loathe your camera flip feature.
After seriously considering Botox, I texted it to a friend, thinking it was sinful and needed immediate confession.
God is the best teacher ever. He uses the best illustrations. He’s been teaching me about pride (and showing me mine) a lot lately. It’s so easy for us to look at others through our little glossed-over lenses, quick to point out faults and character quirks, analyzing behavior we don’t like, thinking we are better than others. We keep our camera focused out, ready to capture everyone at their worst so we can study their errors and thank God we’re not like them. But praise God–when we least expect it He just FLIPS the camera around and shows us our own ugliness. Eww. I didn’t know I was looking like that, Lord! That’s not even a hot mess. It’s just a mess.
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5
There are LOGS in our eyes, yet we focus on the teeny little specks in other people’s eyes! Flipside.
There’s a verse I have tucked away in my heart that the Holy Spirit loves remind me of when he shows me that I’m being judgmental toward someone:
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3. Flipside.
Can you think of a time in the past week or so that you were judgmental toward someone? Now, with that person in your viewfinder, can you flip the vantage point? Considering that person as better/more significant than yourself, how do your actions stack up? Do you need a lumberjack for those logs? I happen to know a certified arborist who can help you out:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2
My pastor shared a quote by Thomas Watson on Sunday night. He said, “Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.” Until we can look at our Flipside, getting a true picture of ourselves and our sin, we won’t see Jesus as sweet. Maybe when we’re lacking that sweet, sweet joy in Jesus, it’s because we don’t have a realistic picture of our own need for Him. When we abide in Christ, the true vine, our Loving Father, the vinedresser, is faithful to prune away the branches that don’t bear fruit in us. Makes no sense to look at the vine over yonder and its wayward branches if we have a bunch of old growth still hanging on. Let’s gaze instead into the rich depths of his grace, revealed in his word, and let our Flipside become a reflection that looks more and more like a picture of His Son.