I was hesitant to share the following story with you for fear that you might think I’m a dork. But, I’ve decided to take that risk. When I moved to North Carolina about ten years ago, I drove the same strip of highway to and from town everyday. I would often see this on the side of the road.
Big blocks of cement.
In fact, I began to notice that these things started cropping (pun intended) up overnight. One day they were not there and the next morning I would see two or three of them sitting side by side on the side of the road. The first few times I saw them I thought…I wonder what those big blocks of cement are for?
It wasn’t until I finally saw a boll buggy (that’s a new word for me, by the way) actually dumping a load of picked cotton, that the light bulb suddenly went on in my brain.
Oooohh…cotton…not cement…now THAT makes more sense. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you…dork.)
After this epiphany, I started to be little bit more observant to these fields as I drove by them everyday. To this day it amazes me that I never caught on that one day these fields were blanketed with cotton and the next day they were stripped bare. All I saw was the big block of harvested…cement.
And, just in case the above example doesn’t solidify my dorkiness, here’s another example of my brain/eyes playing tricks on me. It happened just last week. I recently returned to North Carolina after a week long trip back to my childhood home of Arizona. While on our vacation out west, we admired mountain after mountain after mountain. Then, we returned to North Carlina…to the flatter than flat portion of eastern North Carolina. I was leaving work one evening around dusk and viewed this scene off in the distance.
I was so confused. For a few seconds, I just stood there trying to process what my brain was actually seeing. It looks like mountains…but it CAN’T be mountains. How did mountains get here? I even went so far as to ask a coworker.
What are those?
Ooooh…clouds…not mountains…now THAT makes more sense. 🙂
Sometimes things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes we see only what we want to see or only what we understand. Sometimes our eyes and our minds can deceive us.
These two instances (as dorky as they might sound) reminded of how easily our minds and our eyes can fool us. It’s so easy to see only what we desire to see or only what we understand. It is so easy for our minds to be led astray. Cotton can look like cement and clouds can look like mountains. These little examples remind me of the importance of staying connected to God’s truth. I need to remind myself of His truths on a regular basis. I need to be willing to allow Him to fix my sometimes skewed perceptions.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)