Day 305: God Vision Goggles

I was thinking about yesterday’s post and as I tried to embrace the verseGod doesn’t see things the way you see them” I had this moment where it moved away from being all about my fauxfat and more about food…

Like, I was hungry this morning and was looking through my pantry for something and thought, “Oooooo, look… chips… yummay!” And then I thought to myself: Okay, this is when I need to come up with a verse to help me… and the verse that I focused on yesterday was God doesn’t see things the way you see them, but that doesn’t really apply to food… that was about appearance. But, well, really God probably doesn’t look at these chips the same way that I look at them. And God probably doesn’t look at a banana the same way that I look at it.

And then I really started to think about looking at my food options the way God might see them. I mean, remember Luke 16:15? “The things that most people think are important are worthless as far as God is concerned.” Like, I see Nacho Cheese Doritos and think “yummmmm” and He probably sees them as black gunk and tar. I see a bag of my mom’s famous chocolate chip chunk cookies and think “delishhhhhhh” and He… well, actually, bad example. I’m pretty sure even GOD knows how amazing those things are. So, let me try something else… I see an ad for a supreme chaulpa from Taco Bell and think “soooooooooo goooooooood” and he thinks “gonna suck your life away”.

And on the flip side, I see a banana and think… “{insert sarcastic tone} wow. a banana. that’s just so… healthy. woo hoo.” And He sees His creation, His gift of easier days for me physically, His blessing of a longer life.

(Okay, yes, this is me being heinously overdramatic… but go with it), what if God looks at the world and everything in it, like, in infrared like that picture of my fridge up there??? And all of the things going on that are pleasing to Him are in red and all of the stuff that is temporary and just eternally lame is in that green and blue color??? Wouldn’t that be RAD to be able to see the world that way!?!? To see the world His way?!?!

Cause here’s the deal… I spend so many of my days looking at the world and longing for those areas that are green and blue… areas of life that separate me from Him. Food. Popularity. Gossip. Fashion. Entertainment. Etc.

But His thoughts are not my thoughts… His ways are not like my ways. (Isaiah 55:8)

So, this week one of the things I’m going to do is to put on my God Vision Goggles and try to seek out those eternal things that are glowing red hot with holiness. I’m going to look at my fridge and pantry with that vision and I’m going to reach out for those things that please Him. I’m going to look around at the people I see, and do as Jesus would do… I’m going to aim for those people that are blue and green on that infrared scan and I’m gonna let the blinding red of Jesus’s life and goodness shine through me… and maybe they’ll want to join in with the red crew.

And maybe, after I’ve worn those God Vision Goggles for a while… maybe they’ll just become, like, part of me. And maybe I’ll start to see like that all the time. And maybe I’ll love God all the more for the way He sees this world.

Hmmmmmm, probably not “maybe” on that last one… pretty sure that one will be a “definitely”.

Day Eighty-Six: Shouldn’t Couldn’t

I’m already really enjoying having a friend on board with the covenant… I mean, I know that there are a few of you out there that follow the blog and a few that are following the covenant in a different way (like, my favorite, is my friend that is covenanting from shopping all year… I may not be a clothes hound, but I think to give up buying new clothes and accessories is an amazing feat)! And now that my friend “Christy” is doing a no-sugar covenant, I am already mutually encouraged by her faith (kinda like I talked about here).

Christy and I got to talk about it for a few minutes this week, and a few minutes was all it took to really get me pumped back up again. I mean… I wasn’t like “low” or anything, but it was so cool to hear someone else think the same things. feel the same things. experience the same things.

One of the things that she mentioned was how much easier it was than she thought… for example, before she would see a plate of brownies somewhere and immediately the inward struggle would begin… “No, don’t eat one” would eventually always lead to “Okay, you ate one, that’s okay, just don’t eat anymore” which would turn into “Okay, you ate two, you might as well just dive on in and lose count because now it doesn’t even matter!”

But, with the covenant, there is no struggle… it’s not that she shouldn’t have the brownie (or two, or three)… it’s that she couldn’t!

Now, I know to someone else reading that probably seems so restrictive. But that was the cool thing that Christy and I talked about… she said it was actually totally freeing! It was so much easier to just look at the plate of brownies and be like “Oh, I can’t have any of those” and then just move on. It was like she was able to really pay attention to other things going on instead of focusing so much on the “fight” she would have been having with those brownies.

It’s like so backward from every diet that we have all ever been on… where the struggle is in the “shouldn’t”. And now that it has changed to a “couldn’t”… it’s easier?!?!?!

But it is… and it is a continual reminder of what God says…

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

The way our world works… the way our world tells us to think about food… the way our world tells us about our worth… the way our world tells us about our ability… none of that matches up with God’s thoughts about the way things work, about the way to think about food, about our worth, and about our ability to do anything. But just like those Laws back in the Old Testament seemed so restrictive, they were really just a way for God to guide us in the right direction… in the direction towards His thoughts. His ways. His Life.