And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
A movie came out when I was in high school called The Matrix. There is a turning point when the main character begins to see in a different way: a dimension is visible to him that was not before. When Jesus is growing and scripture tells us that he was “filled with wisdom”, I imagine that scene in the movie when motion slows down, objects that were moving to hang in the air, he sees life as a more whole, complex yet simple experience. He is both able to see from the outside looking in as well as live fully in the moment. Wisdom gives a different way of seeing which enables us to be removed and yet fully present. Jesus both is completely engaged and also separate so that he can see so much more depth.
With every season I have lived, God through grace has given me a different lens. This current season, God has been impressing upon my soul what it is to be human. We have seen all sides of humanity—darkness and light and all the gray in between. All people are created in God’s image and I believe, deserve dignity, care, and respect. This wisdom has been a gift so so that I can see from the outside and also be fully present.
How is perspective orienting right now? Is it clouded, foggy, or obscured? Is it challenging to see? Are you approaching a turning point? A reorientation?
Is God offering you a new perspective? Where will you open your heart to the Holy Spirit in this time of waiting?
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