Things are not the way they seem
Years ago, a woman placed a beaded dragonfly in my hand and promised to teach me about it the next day. She looked directly into my eyes and spoke softly, “I don’t know where you’ve come from, but you’ve come to a safe place.” I had met her at the door of a retreat center after being harassed by eight men in a nearby campground. Even though the woman had not known my situation, her small act of compassion was exactly what I needed.
The inexpensive, beaded dragonfly did not look like much on the outside, but it emerged as a source of hope for my heart.
A verse from today’s passage states, “The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
(I Samuel 16: 7b, NLT).
God seems to specialize in exposing assumptions. My experience in the campground appeared harmful—and it was in the moment. But, afterwards my emotional vulnerability deepened my desire to let God transform me and produce new strength.
I still have the dragonfly gift on my desk. I remember how the dragonfly nymph spends up to five years crawling on the bottom of a muddy pond—a symbol of endurance and hope. When the adult dragonfly finally emerges, it is vulnerable, wet, and pale. The insect stays exposed to the sun and wind to grow strong. Finally, the dragonfly rises and flies—a powerful symbol of transformation.
What will improve my spiritual eyesight?
Lord, I open my eyes to reveal the unexpected and unseen. Amen
Written by Deborah Jansen