Seemingly is a word that people don’t take seriously. For people’s opinions, feelings and decisions are often based on what things “seem” to be. They don’t take into consideration the underlying facts or situations surrounding it. So they base their decisions on what seems to be. It’s the easy way out. It’s “surface seeing”. It’s skimming off the top information. We are all guilty of this at one time or another.
However, things aren’t always what they seem. We can look at the top of the ocean and it just looks like water. But go underneath and a whole world of fish, sea creatures, coral reefs, and more, are there. We can’t see it by looking at the surface, or – surface seeing.
What about looking at people just by surface seeing, or even worse, other people’s opinions of them? Just like there’s so much in the ocean that can’t be seen by just looking at the surface, so it is with people as well.
Can you know the deepness of what’s underneath their surface? The feelings of their hearts? The situations that have formed their emotions or the way they behave or think? Surfing on the top of the ocean doesn’t give you what’s contained in the depths below. So it is with people.
I have to admit being guilty of this very thing and listening to an opinion about another without looking deeper into it. But then upon getting to know this person, and seeing deeper, I found an incredible heart for others, especially the less fortunate or lonely. Even though very busy, she showed her love for them and gave of what she had so little of – her time. I was so ashamed of myself, but learned a great lesson.
I’ve learned that we cannot judge someone by looking at the surface, without looking deeper and asking the Lord about it. Our negative opinion may just have stemmed from a bad day, or a one-time bad experience.
However, I’ve also learned that Holy Spirit guides us in all truth, and sometimes he gives us a “red flag” to keep our distance. We may not know why at the time, but Holy Spirit can see the deeper things that we cannot. We just have to trust Holy Spirit in how He is leading us.
To truly see the deep things, we need to be guided by Holy Spirit – otherwise, we’re just “surface seeing”.
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