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Telescope vs. Microscope


To make sure my kids are physically active, I encourage them to go outside and exercise. My youngest son's first choice is to go biking around the neighborhood. His laps usually include bird watching, checking out people's gardens and yards. He tends to stop and chat with friendly neighbors. When we were overtaken by Brood X cicadas back in May, my son would use his phone to record their loud and annoying mating calls. His strolls usually lead to funny stories.


Well, this time, the story wasn't so funny. My son called me a few times, sharing the details of his ride. But the last time, he telephoned with desperation. He lost the case to his AirPods. "Huh?! Do you mean the ones you share with your dad? The ones your dad uses for work? Do you mean to tell me you lost the case your brother used for several years without having a single problem?" What happened? He explained how he was riding his bike and reached for the case in his pocket but couldn't locate them anywhere. He backtracked a few times while praying. "God, please show me where this case is! Lead me to it. You can see everything from where you are. Lord, please show me where it is!" He mentioned he had a peculiar feeling after he asked God for help. There was this silent assurance of victory.


The color of the case is red, so whatever was red, my son gravitated towards it. After a few loops around the block, a KitKat wrapper out of nowhere caught his attention. My son biked over to the wrapper and had a strong feeling he was close. It was like a magnet was pulling him towards the case. And when he inched closer to the wrapper, a few steps away was the AirPod case. AHHH! He said it felt like he found a lost treasure. All the sweat that dripped from the miles of riding turned into tears of joy. He was so thankful He invited God into the search and that God lead him to that spot.


It made me think of my daughter's comment when she was praying for someone. She mentioned that we usually look down when using microscopes and typically look up when using telescopes. We need to be more like telescopes and keep our eyes up towards heaven instead of like microscopes where our eyes stay low and usually on ourselves.


"Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing." ~Isaiah 40:26, NIV


"I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." ~Psalm 121:1-2, ESV



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