“Sight / Seeing”
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him, the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
When my family and I used to take our annual RV trips, we would head for a great destination like Yellowstone or Mesa Verde National Park, but along the way, we would always do some sight-seeing. Now, there were different ways to go about sight-seeing. One way was to stay on the high-road, zooming by the old towns, passing the mountain peaks and rushing by the rushing rivers. In this way, we would certainly take in a lot of “sights.” But if we really wanted to “see” what a place was all about, we had to get off the freeway. We had to park the RV and hike the trails, test the waters, stroll the well-worn sidewalks, read the plaques, talk to people, and hear their stories. Only when we got close-up and looked hard, would we actually put the “see” in sight-seeing.
God’s story is a journey that is full of incredible sights he wants us to see. The journey began back when he created the first man and woman and all the wonders of the earth that they would enjoy. It continued with his call to Abraham to envision “a people who would be a blessing to all the nations of the earth”; and went through Moses’ rescue of his people from slavery in Egypt and the giving of the law on Mt. Sinai. Then, it reached a high-water mark in his coming to earth in the person of Jesus and the birth of his Church. Most remarkably, throughout that entire journey, God has had you and me in mind, opening for us the opportunity to not only to take in the amazing sights, but actually see them, to know them and, by the power of the Holy Spirit experience what they mean for us, and be changed.
This next month we will be taking time to put the “seeing” into sight-seeing with God, as we look at what he has done in Jesus. We will open our eyes to what it means to face our faults in the light of God. We will look at how the needs of others can spark our compassion. We’ll check out how we uniquely fit into God’s plan, how our creativity can reveal our potential, and how the Church is the great way-station for his people. The question is, are we ready to pull off the highway and take it slow through his canyons, mountain peaks, and soul-filled streets?
God has a sight-and-seeing tour for us. It has already begun. And for those who are looking, it promises to show us God’s vision for us as people who love Him, love others, and love ourselves as blessed Ones for whom Jesus died.