In the past few years, scientists have created a pair of glasses called Enchroma glasses that can help some colorblind people experience colors they have never seen before. There are many videos of people putting these glasses on and reacting in wonder, and experiencing all kinds of emotions as they see the world in a new way. They are in shock of what they can now see.
Maybe some of us are colorblind towards life—we’ve lost out wonder for God. But when we seek God, we can begin to see the world in full color the way it is meant to be.
Jesus came to help us see our circumstances and experiences through a new lens. He gives us aha! moments. “Aha, that’s what you meant! I can see it now!” Life becomes alive and vivid, and we can take everything life throws at us with strength and courage–even the most difficult obstacles thrown our way.
In Matthew 5:3-12, Jesus says a lot of things that seem strange at first. “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” But we usually don’t think of those who are poor as being blessed. “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” All of us will lose someone close to us in our lives, but Jesus wants us to remember that life’s not over yet.
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.” None of that seems enjoyable, but Jesus says God blesses us for it! And He even takes it a step further in the next verse: “Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.”
What He’s saying seems ridiculous. Be happy that people mock us and lie about us? Be glad when we are persecuted for following Jesus? But it’s all about looking at life with a different angle, a new lens. When difficult circumstances come into our lives, we need to depend on God. Don’t let yourself lose the wonder of God in your life. Remember that with Him, our future is bright.