“Looking Closely”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, February 8, 2022 comes to us from Geo Pickell of North Dakota

1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Proverbs 2:1-8 NIV

“Looking Closely”

Having low vision sometimes hinders me, but it also forces me to look more closely at things. Since I can’t always trust my depth perception, I occasionally rely on touch to navigate. One evening at a church prayer meeting, I was making my way along the wall behind the altar. The wall has a large cross painted on it, and the cross was right beside me. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a tiny line of delicate gold script hidden along the dark brown vertical edge of the cross. Upon further investigation, I found that it was inscribed, “Jesus Christ is forever Lord of lords and King of kings.”

I pointed out my discovery to the others at the prayer meeting, and each of them admitted that they had never noticed the inscription. We concluded that the phrase was put there by an artist who understood that like many of God’s marvelous truths, it would only be discovered by a close examination. Following that experience, I decided that I needed to become much more diligent in my study of God’s word and in my prayer life. Wisdom and understanding are available to all, but those who look closely will find deeper beauty.


Friends –

Have you ever taken a long look at beautiful bouquet of flowers, and then become focused on one of the individual flowers? Perhaps you noticed the petals or the center of the bloom. Sometimes, when we take a moment to look closely at an object or a situation, we can experience deeper understanding and insight, which allow us to see profound beauty and wisdom, which are certainly gifts from God.

--Pastor bea


Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us scripture. As we read it, help us to slow down and look for the beauty and truth in every verse. Amen.

--Geo Pickell

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Thought for the Day:

Today I will take time to look for God’s beauty and truth.


"Happy are those who find wisdom and those who gain understanding."

Proverbs 3:13 CEB