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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 22, 2011 - High-Def

By Scott Harrup

Our family recently took the plunge and purchased a high-definition TV. It’s creating a mixed entertainment environment.

History and wildlife documentaries look fantastic. Blades of grass, wisps of cloud against a sunset, subtle currents across an ocean vista — all come into vibrant focus. But the crisp picture quality that enhances a documentary tends to diminish the effect of a movie or television show. My suspension of disbelief goes out the window. The picture is so clear and detailed that it feels more like a documentary of the movie-making process.

In order to really lose myself in a story, I need a certain fictional haze to remain in place. Someone told me recently that a high-def remastering of “The Wizard of Oz” has revealed the seams and wires in the background sets, compromising that all-important element of illusion.

My desire for “fuzzy reality” bleeds over to my personal life. I keep a soothingly vague mental resume that blurs over mistakes, focuses more tightly on accomplishments, and casts a warm glow over the whole picture with, perhaps, some imagined background theme music thrown in.

But God’s view of my life allows for no soft focus or content editing. He sees it all.

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord” (Psalm 139:1-4, NIV).

The wonderful truth is, God has all that information about me and yet He loves me with divine abandon. He sent His Son to die on my behalf (John 3:16; 10:11-15). He has invited me into His family (John 1:12).

At the end of the day, if I’m honest, I’ll look back on plenty of moments when I was glad no cameras — high-def or otherwise — were running. But I can accept God’s total knowledge of all that I am without fear or shame. Through Christ, I know my Heavenly Father is constantly at work to bring about His purposes in my life.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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