Epiphany at Edzo’s…

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My husband’s looking at the list of Illinois’ ‘Best Burgers’, Trip Advisor and our phone’s GPS took us to Edzo’s in Evanston while we were in the Chicago Area earlier this month.  While waiting for our burgers and fries in this 1950’s style and décor restaurant, I was looking at the patrons.  The diversity of people was fascinating.  Within our time there I saw young families, older couples, outdoor workmen and university students to name a few.  Cultural and ethnic variety come with the urban setting.  As I viewed all the people I heard God speak His Word to me “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (I Samuel 16:7 NIV)

I memorized that verse as a child.  But it was coming to me at that moment again that it did not matter our skin color, language, age, clothing, education or station in life, God was looking at and seeing our hearts.  Right there.  Right then.

The verse above is in reference to King Saul.  Because of Saul’s insecurities,  jealousies and disobediences, God regretted ever having made him king.  As I went back and reread about Saul in the Bible, it was his thoughts

that took him down a wrong road.  Saul allowed his heart and mind to go wild with ungodly thinking time after time.  It made a handsome king turn ugly.

Jesus was familiar with the Old Testament Scriptures.  He knew about Saul.  Perhaps that is what prompted Him to tell the ‘church people’ (ie The Pharisees)  this:  “How can you speak good things when you are evil?  For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34 Amplified)

We were in Metropolis, home of Superman, at the end of April.  We who were raised on the T.V. Program know that he had x-ray vision.  That truly is an impossibility…a sci-fi dream.  Sometimes we in the church think we have that ability.  And we are dead wrong.  I think we subconsciously have been judging people.  That is God’s job alone.  He alone sees the heart and knows the thoughts we think.

So I ask myself the same question I asked the day I ate a burger at Edzo’s “What is God seeing in my heart?”  I would hate for Him to regret choosing me to be His Own.

God Bless,

Phyllis Dickinson

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