Hey Mom, watch this! I see you Truth. Pretty cool, huh? Yes, that was a cool trick. Mom, are watching me? Yes, I see you Truth…
Boy this spoon from the sink was a big score! TRUTH! What are you doing? Mom, how did you know what I was doing? Do you have eyes in the back of your head? No, but I see you Truth when obviously you don’t think I do. I guess you do Mom! I’ll go put it back. That’s okay. I’ll take it if you don’t mind.
Hum…wonder what’s in that closet? Truth… I see you!!!
Keeping up with Truth is like watching a toddler. She seems to always be exploring and I have to keep my eyes open to see what she’s doing. But let me tell you something that Truth is teaching me about keeping watch. Whenever Truth rides with me in the car, she knows she has to stay in the back seat. However, she will prop up on the console so she can see what’s going on and still be close to her master. The other day we were out and there was a man walking alongside the road. Truth perked up and followed this man until he was out of view. Let someone be on a bicycle along the road and she does the same thing. Yesterday we were visiting at a school when this kindergarten class came by. Truth stood at attention, watching every child intently as they walked by. Truth shows a valuable lesson… she never misses seeing anyone. Especially those I sometimes tend to miss.
I recently read the book Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski. Now I’m reading the devotional that goes with the book, My 30 Days Under the Overpass. I highly recommend both books; but not if you want your world to stay status quo. These books deal with the homeless population across America; a group of people that is easy to overlook. Actually, we may see them but try to pretend that we don’t. That’s when Truth and The Truth remind me not to look the other way but to really see them. I could almost guarantee that if I pulled over where these people were walking, Truth would want to get out and go right over to see them. Making no judgment, she would walk up, sniff around (her way of saying hello) and let them give her a scratch behind the ears.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you do anything that might put you at risk, nor offer up money directly (this is addressed in the book); but what I am suggesting is that we start opening our eyes to who is around us. Maybe it’s not the homeless person you meet, but the person you come in contact with every day at work. Maybe it’s someone you see all the time, but know nothing about. Maybe it’s the new person at church that doesn’t know anyone and needs a friend.
Would you be willing to pray for eyes to see others like Jesus did? How about the ability to see others without passing judgment on them? What about praying for ways that you could safely help someone that others are passing by? We all could definitely offer up a short prayer when we see someone that seems to be struggling. Whatever you and I choose to do or not to do, one thing is for sure, our Master is watching over us all and saying, “I see you.”
“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’
Matthew 25:37-40 (The Message)