Finding Treasures Underneath It All

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There are times in life when we tend to look at what’s on the surface of something or someone, and then abruptly brush those things or people aside.  I’ve watched it so many times in my own life, and in the lives of my friends, relatives, and neighbors.  We’re busy, we have opinions, and we are just wired to formulate our opinions of what we see, never thinking about what is underneath the surface. 

 deano3Today, I’m challenging myself to think like Jesus did.  Don’t you love how we can read scripture and see that time and time again Jesus looks at the surface of something and then sees straight through, deep into the real situation, the real person.  Jesus sees past the surface. 

Look at the story of the tax collector, Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10. 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”  So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

9Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Jesus looked past the surface of a short little man who worked at a job where he was disrespected, because the tax collectors in that day would cheat the average person, pocketing their monies for themselves.  Jesus saw into the heart of this man, believed in him and offered to go to the house of Zacchaeus.

Look what happens at the end of the passage!  We see that Jesus 1) sees past the surface 2) believes in Zacchaeus 3) Jesus, by his encouragement, changes Zacchaeus’ life.

Think of what a great inspiration we could be to others if we would just take time to look past the way they look!  Or even what they do for a living, or their financial status.

This past week, my husband, Farmer Dean, worked diligently on the entry way of Frank Lake Covenant Church (now called The Church in the Grove) and believed so deeply that there was something really great underneath the 1970’s paneling that was plastered all over the church, but was especially unattractive from floor to ceiling in the 1900’s entryway.  I said, “Okay!  Go for it … rip it down and whatever is behind there, we’ll deal with it.”

What did Farmer Dean find?  Underneath the ugly paneling was the loveliest wainscoting that you could imagine.  We were stunned and I was so proud of my husband for seeing something, believing in something better, lying underneath the surface.  He hoped.  He believed.  He found it!

Dean got to work, painted it a lovely rich, deep tan, took down the stained ceiling tile and put a fresh coat of cream paint on that.

Once he finished that up, he bought wide baseboard to finish it and the end result:  breathtaking!!!

It proved to me, once again, that what’s on the surface isn’t the whole story.

Take some time this week and make time to see past the surface …you could find something really beautiful!!

 

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  1. Kathleen Sogge04-30-13

    Yes it is true! Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart!!The “Heart” of the Frank Lake Church looks great!!