What I see when I look

They say when you look at the Mona Lisa that regardless of where you stand and what angle you view the picture, that it always seems like her eyes are looking back at you.  Di Vinci was either a genius or accidentally a genius to have created such a masterpiece, but the truth is: I’ve seen the Mona Lisa…and it’s way underwhelming.  It’s super small and the Louvre in Paris hangs it by itself behind bulletproof glass on this HUGE wall which makes it look even smaller.

But what makes the Mona Lisa so intriguing is that you see something similar regardless of your vantage point.  Most things aren’t like that.  In fact, some things can look completely different depending on where you stand looking at it.  This variety of perspectives can actually make the object more beautiful because it makes it more complex.

I had a conversation recently with some friends and the topic turned to birthdays.  One guy said that dates were the bane of his existence.  He claimed no aptitude or mental capacity to remember key dates and had to put so many reminders places just so he wouldn’t miss anything genuinely important.  Our other friend responded with a shocked “how do you not wake up every morning and just know what the date is?”  We both looked at him a little funny…

Important things don’t necessarily always seem that profound to us.  In fact, I would suggest that we don’t acknowledge or articulate important things because we assume they’re important to everyone. Important things that we deem “common sense” can actually fall through the cracks of our intentionality and our focus because we devalue their importance in light of their simplicity.

But I want you to hear this: your perspective matters.

In fact, when you look at the world, it might be common sense to you that it makes sense or that it’s beautiful or that it sounds amazing or that it’s one huge picture of redemption.  Just because you’d say “well of course it’s like that…” doesn’t mean we all see it that way as well.

God’s like that too.

Jonathan David Helser has a song called “Endless Ocean” where he talks about the vastness of God.  In one of the verses he says a line about the angels in heaven and how “day and night, night and day, they keep seeing new sides of [His] face.”

You have a unique perspective on God, on the Spirit, on His character and we need you to celebrate it.

Because part of discovering your voice, your place and your contribution to our world hinges on your ability to understand the things that are important and to celebrate them.