A TRUE STORY – When self gets in the way

blocking the view

Author J Sidlow Baxter tells the story of a lady and her young daughter who visited him. They arrived late one night and the girl was put to bed already asleep.

When she woke next morning, she looked around. Beyond the foot of her bed was a dressing table and mirror.  Reflected in the mirror was a picture of Jesus which hung behind the bed.  The little girl sat up in bed to get a better view of the picture of Jesus and as she did so, her body blocked the reflection and she could only see herself in the mirror. The girl lay down and sat up again a couple of times.

Then she called out to her Mother:
“Mummy!  I can see Jesus! 
When I can see Jesus, I can’t see myself.
But when I see myself, I can’t see Jesus!”

How true this is for Christians.  It is only as we look to Jesus that we know victory in our lives.  When we look to ourselves and think of ourselves and our comfort zone and our desires, we don’t see Jesus and His will for us. We follow our own way and end up in trouble.

The apostle Peter found this.  He is the only man in world history (apart from Jesus Christ) who has walked on water – water in the middle of the sea, in a stormy situation.  Peter was walking on the water towards Jesus, but when Peter took his eyes off the Lord and noted the boisterous winds, and his precarious situation, he began to sink.  Then, just as He will always do for His children, Jesus reached out and lifted him and they walked back to the boat together, walking on the water.

All blood-bought, adopted children of the living God, I am sure, will acknowledge the numerous times that we have taken our gaze away from the Lord, and gone our own way, pleasing ourselves and headed for failure.  Thankfully, we will also praise Him for the outstretched hand to lift us back and set us on the right way when we turn back to Him. 

“When I see myself, I can’t see Jesus,
but when I see Jesus, I can’t see myself.”

  • When we focus on ourselves we do not see the plight of the many in this world who need our help. 
  • When we focus on ourselves we do not see the plight of our neighbours and those we meet, who need an encouraging word, a smile and a helping hand. 
  • When we focus on ourselves we do not think of those we know for whom a simple telephone call would make a difference in their day.
  • When we focus on ourselves we do not see the needs of our own family members: that one who needs to talk and to unburden; that one who craves a little time; that one who needs loving advice; that one who needs to feel accepted and wanted.
  • When we focus on ourselves, we do not see Jesus; we do not experience His abiding presence; we do not experience His empowering and enabling; we do not have His joy and peace; we do not know His victory.

“When I see myself, I don’t see the needs of others.”

“When I see myself, I can’t see Jesus,
but when I see Jesus, I can’t see myself.”

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Hebrews 12:1-2 
Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus,
the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured ther cross,
despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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7 Responses to A TRUE STORY – When self gets in the way

  1. loopyloo305 says:

    God bless you and have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

  2. admin says:

    Thank you for a thought provoking word. May Jesus fill our vision! So be it Lord!

    • Amen! While we need to be aware of what is happening around us, and do what we can to promote Christian values, we need to maintain our focus on Him and Him alone.

      We serve an incredibly amazing God!

  3. ptl2010 says:

    When we see Christ in Christmas we see love, joy and peace and His spring of cleansing and living water for all to share
    When we see X in Xmas we see ourselves and the need for the things of this world which make one thirst and thirst again
    I would rather have Jesus than anything this world affords.

    • When we truly know Jesus, we surely would rather have Him than anything else. How could we who have known the REALITY of His abiding presence and His undertaking for us in all areas of our lives, ever think we could handle anything on our own? It is ALL because of Him and His work in us.

      Happy CHRISTmas to you and yours!
      (I will be away for the next five days, with no access to the internet)

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