Once you see it...
I turned on my PC to find the attached picture of what appeared to be sushi on my screen. Apart from getting distracted and thinking about lunch, I couldn't help but wonder why my 8 year old was looking for sushi pictures. You raise the question with an 8 year old regarding sushi, and the conversation goes in directions you could never imagine. Something a bit like this:
Me: “Maddi, why is there a picture of sushi on the screen?”
Maddi: “Um, you mean sushi and a penguin”
Me: “Ok, but back to my first question, why is there a picture of sushi and a penguin?”
Maddi: “Why wouldn’t you look for pictures of sushi and penguins?”
Me: “Honestly, I do not know…”
Maddi: “oh daddy, that’s okay, don’t worry about it..”
And with that, she’s off... As I stared at the picture, I realised I couldn’t see a penguin, just the sushi. I tried correcting her, but she just smiled and told me to just carry on looking until I saw it. After thinking for some time that I might need to get her more help than I can offer, I suddenly saw it. There it was, a little, happy penguin waving back at me. It was a lightbulb moment, and I realised that a little penguin had been staring back at me all this time.
I love lightbulb moments – so I called Mrs Gush over to have a look. She also spent ages trying to find the penguin and I was wondering how it was possible that she couldn’t see it? It is even waving at her!
And that’s probably how I learn the best. And that’s how God designed me, and dare I say, us. How often do we spend so much time trying to figure out things ourselves, finding a logic and then sticking to it, convincing ourselves and often others, that the picture in front of us is the truth, the reality, only to suddenly have a moment of realisation when we see a totally different aspect, that we can’t un-see. I find God has been doing that in my life lately, particularly in the area of grace. True, raw, pure grace that is just there, so obvious, so free and clear, and yet all I can see is the “buts”, “ought’s”, “should” and of course the sushi.
“8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”
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