Looking through the lense of God

Life is brimming with busyness.  With overflowing demands and a vast array of things on which to spend our time, we quickly lose ourselves in… well, ourselves.

But every now and then an event happens that shakes us out of that dream-state.  It wakes us up, lifts our view, and gives us perspective.

Early this morning, a gigantic 7.9 scale earthquake rocked mainland China.  With a death toll already approaching 10,000 people, even before reaching the hardest hit areas near the epicenter of the quake.  Last week Myanmar (formerly Burma) was hit with a disastrous cyclone, with a death toll all ready as high as 100,000.

It’s easy, in our detached position, to just look at this and see numbers, only slightly sensing the horrific reality behind it all. 

But think of you for a second (since we’re all good at thinking about ourselves), and consider how many people’s lives you touch and affect.  Your family, friends, neighbors, associates, employees, or employers, and community…  Think of the ripples caused by just you.  That’s one, one person… you. 

Now think of ten of you… and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more.

That’s 1,000.  Now read that paragraph one hundred times.  That will give you a sense of scope.

Clearly these aren’t the only disasters happening around the world, but I need not dwell on calamity to illustrate the following point.

There are ways you can give, and not all of them have to be financial or physical.  My encouragement to you is for tonight.  Not tomorrow night, nor next week, but tonight.  Include these people in your prayers.  For just 30 small seconds, let your hearts extend to these, our brothers and sisters, just for tonight, let your prayers encompass them, and plead for them the blessings and comfort of our Father in Heaven.

The prayer of the righteous is a powerful mechanism for calling down the power of Heaven, and when unified in the cause, we only amplify that impact.

But not only will the lives of these people be blessed by your efforts, but your own life as well.  As you open your heart and mind in prayerful consideration of those beside yourself, you will find yourself filled with charity, with love, with spiritual energy, and you will begin to see the world through the lens of God. 

It’s an eye-opening experience, enriching and empowering, and it can be yours tonight.  So please, look through the lens of God, and have compassion on those in need as you extend your prayers to them.

Rusty

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