This is an optical illusion. Sometimes our eyes see what they think they see. Equally our ears can hear what they think they heard. Often because that is what we are expecting, or because our focus is gone. I really struggle, because often my sight is blurry – especially if I’m tired. I have to really focus to grasp what an image is. Sight and hearing are things we take for granted – but don’t always use to their best.
We continue with the theme of Moses’ shining face:
12 This wonderful hope makes us feel like speaking freely. 13 We are not like Moses. His face was shining, but he covered it to keep the people of Israel from seeing the brightness fade away. 14 The people were stubborn, and something still keeps them from seeing the truth when the Law is read. Only Christ can take away the covering that keeps them from seeing.
15 When the Law of Moses is read, they have their minds covered over 16 with a covering that is removed only for those who turn to the Lord. 17 The Lord and the Spirit are one and the same, and the Lord’s Spirit sets us free. 18 So our faces are not covered. They show the bright glory of the Lord, as the Lord’s Spirit makes us more and more like our glorious Lord.
Treasure in Clay Jars
4 God has been kind enough to trust us with this work. That’s why we never give up. 2 We don’t do shameful things that must be kept secret. And we don’t try to fool anyone or twist God’s message around. God is our witness that we speak only the truth, so others will be sure that we can be trusted.
Wow! God has trusted us with his work. Wow! Nothing scary then?!
But if we are going to be part of God’s work, we have got to listen to what he is saying and see what he is doing. Are we failing to see what God is doing? Or are our minds covered and closed? Seeing only what we want to see? Hearing what we want to hear? Or are we opening up to becoming more like God and his ways?
There seem to be more questions there than answers. But sometimes that’s how it is. We need to ask ourselves these questions, and hear the answers honestly. And then we ask the same questions of God – what is his response to where we are? What is he saying to us? Asking of us? Where is he guiding us?
What work is he asking you to do? Me to do?
Open my heart Lord,
open my mind.
Help me to hear with clarity,
see what is there;
that I may hear you,
know what work you are trusting me with,
and be equipped to go and do it