How to See What’s Important

Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s important… When my son was born there were some complications. He wasn’t breathing well, so they took him to the ICU and hooked him up to a lot of machines. His mom was recovering from the surgery, so I was the only one able to go and see him. I remember how scared I was for him and for us that day. This was our first child, our son, the child we had been praying for.

As I approached his small bed, my heart was raising and felt like it had dropped down to my stomach. All I could see were tubes and wires running everywhere. When I came around to the side of the bed, tears running down my face, I reached over and placed my hand on his tiny head and rubbed it gently. I will never forget the feeling of that moment. (As I am writing this post, I am reminded by tears of emotions.) While I was rubbing his head he opened his bright blue eyes and looked at me. It was more than just a look though, it was an acknowledgment and an awareness. He could have looked anywhere in the room, it was his first day on this earth, but he chose to look my direction and see me.

Webster’s says that to look means to direct your eyes in a particular direction, while in order to see, you must notice or become aware of someone or something by using your eyes.

A lot of us look at things in passing every day, but do we stop and notice it? Are we really aware of it? Do we really see it?  My son may have been hooked up to breathing machines and other equipment, but when I stopped looking at the mess around him and saw him, it was like the tubes and wires disappeared. I became aware of him, not the circumstances around him, and I was immediately inspired and encouraged.

One day a man named Moses was tending the sheep of his father in Law, and something caught his attention, so he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. (Exodus3:2)

Have you ever been riding down the road and something caught your attention, something caught your eye, maybe a store or something unusual in the road or maybe an accident? You look at it as you pass by, you might even slow down, but you keep on going.

 Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”        (Exodus 3:3) As Moses was passing by this great sight, he couldn’t stop looking at it. In fact, he turned aside and went back to see it. When he did this, he received divine instructions from God. If Moses would have simply looked at that bush as he passed by it and not stopped to check it out and really see it for what it was, he would have missed a great mission and purpose for his life.

I just got back from a cruise with my wife, (in fact, as I’m typing this I still feel like I am on the ship swaying from side to side). While on this cruise there was an app that you could download that gave you information, account summaries and so on, but what I found most useful was the “What’s Happening” link. This link told you everything that was going on including times and locations. It was the road map of the day, it was a day planner and I used it regularly. I love nothing more than to plan ahead, so every day I would wake up and plan the activities for that day. It was a great way to attend some wonderful shows and exciting events, and get to where I wanted to be.

I’m a firm believer that if you want to achieve anything in life you have to have a plan. You have to have a destination, a place, or a goal that you want to get to, or else you will just be wondering in the wilderness so to speak. A plan keeps you focused, a plan keeps you motivated, a plan keeps you moving forward, but if you get too attached to the plan you may miss out on something or someone special along the way. There are moments in our life, like seeing a beautiful sunrise over the ocean or seeing a pretty flower growing out of a mess, that may be overlooked if we are just passing by on our way to the planned activity.

Life is short, make sure you stop and see the beauty that is all around you.                         God put so many beautiful, special pieces in His creation for us to see. Some to admire and some to learn from. In this fast paced world we live in, we have to leave some room for His beautiful creation. When Quincy Jones was asked one time, how his team managed to surpass Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall album, which at the time had sales of 20 million, by a factor of five with the follow up album Thriller, he said “We had to leave space for God to walk through the room.” Man, I love that quote… Extraordinary things happen when we leave room for God and His creation.

God has put things in your life for a reason, but if you are too busy to see them or if you are a looker and not a seer then you may not only miss out on something important, you may miss out on your mission or purpose in life.

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Mr. Swicegood is a changed life, who has used tragedies and hardships in his life to encourage others. Read his uplifting story "From The Bootom To The Top". Feel free to send Benjamin a message.
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2 thoughts on “How to See What’s Important

  1. Good word Ben !!! Encouraged me to stop awhile and look and see what God has put around me and in my life.

    1. Thanks Ceci, it seems simple enough but yet we don’t always do it. Thanks for your comment. Hope all is well with you and your family.

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