Tuesday, October 21, 2008

seeing clearly

[This photo is from the front parking lot at church. I got the blurry effect by doing a double exposure.]

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Last night, I discussed music with a friend. He spoke of a man with remarkable talent. That guy could listen to a song, and be able to crisply identify the parts that the singers are doing in harmony. That has always been somewhat of a mystery to me. My wife does a nice job blending harmony, but I can't see those parts clearly enough, nor can I reach all the notes the way I would like to. But boy, you get me alone in a car with the windows rolled up, and a Billy Joel song on the radio, and look out! It doesn't matter that I'm fuzzy in this sphere of talent; I love to belt out my blurry tones regardless!

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Speaking of perspicuity (clarity), there was one area where this came to me in a remarkable way. Reading the Bible used to be about as interesting as going through owners manuals and warranty papers. When the Lord drew me into a right relationship with Him, that is one of the first changes I saw in my life. Studying Scripture was more like reading an interesting letter from a friend, and so much clearer than ever before. That has nothing to do with any talent on my part, but rather the work of the Holy Spirit.

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As for owners manuals and warranty papers, they're still dull and murky.

8 comments:

hennhouse said...

I love Billy Joel, too. And I can't carry a tune, either. And I love how the Bible came alive to me when it was no longer on my "to do" list and became something I longed to or couldn't wait to do.

Great post.

L.L. Barkat said...

Perspicuity. Sounds scary. :)

mommanator said...

Ah yes, clarity of mind and spirit! whew cant ask for much better than that!

mommanator said...

Dont know if I like this pic. I have trouble looking at!

Andrea said...

Strange picture. Interesting though.

Mona said...

Holy books are a miracle. they stand good for all the times & inevitably bear the signs & solutions to approaching your problems!

Love the blurry effect picture. It sort of 'echoes' the tree! :)

Eve said...

"mommanator said...

Don't know if I like this pic. I have trouble looking at!"

I have to agree-not that I don't like it, it's just that I need glasses to see in the distance and this pic makes me feel like I can never focus :)

Craver Vii said...

Ugh... when I look too long at that picture, I get a little woozie myself.