Another Word…by Gus Keiser

January 15, 2018

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”                                                                                                                                                   1 Samuel 16:7

From a research study done by Cambridge University comes the following information:

Aoccdrnig to our rscheearch, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oerdr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist ltteer and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lleter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Okay, so now that my spell check has gone berserk and you think my mind has failed me; let me explain… If you did have trouble reading what I typed above, here’s how it should read:

According to our research, it doesn’t matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be in the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but word as a whole.

Don’t you find this more than a bit amazing? What a fantastic illustration of how our mind works to put words together. It goes against everything we were taught in grade school and totally ends the need for spell check! (well, not really) It’s the perfect example that confirms what you see may not be what you get.

A reminder needs to be offered here…God is always searching our hearts. He’s not really concerned that much about our outward appearances. The truth of the matter is many of us have gotten so good at hiding who we really are, that even we don’t recognize our true selves. And, if’s often we who call ourselves Christians who put masks on so quickly, fearing that if other people really knew us, we would be rejected, condemned, or thrown out like yesterday’s garbage.

So today, if you’re hiding behind a mask, afraid to reveal your true self, why not allow God to peel back the layers of fear, pain, and deception in order to find your true self…the one that was made in the image of God.

Lord, unmask us that the world might see your true essence revealed in our lives. Amen.

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