DayBreaks for 06/14/11 – Faces
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It has been a long and tiring trip. I sit now on the airport shuttle bus at the San Jose airport, returning from yet another business trip. Fourteen days has seen me in 4 different towns, sleeping in four different beds, and eating in who knows how many restaurants. Now I’m heading to the parking lot to get in the car for the hour trip home.
I’m tired. I look forward to the “day” when I’ll never be tired again. When I won’t ache in the morning when I awaken. I look about me on the bus and see faces – faces etched, carved and lined with the wrinkled roadmap of reality. Lines and creases – some deep, some less so – but they all speak volumes. The pain of broken relationships, the weariness of the flesh, the tiredness of the spirit are all visible on the shuttle bus tonight. There is an old saying about the eyes being the window of the soul. Scripture suggests that our faces reflect what we are: (Prov. 27:19) “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”
As I sit looking around the shuttle bus at the faces of life with eyes that stare but do not seem to see, I suddenly am struck with the thought that I wonder if I look any differently than the rest. Then, I look across the bus and leaning ever so slightly to the right so I can see my reflection in the glass window on the other side of the bus, I realize how tired I look, too. I have a dawning awareness, as I gaze at my reflected image, that I don’t look any different than the rest of my fellow travelers. I find myself forcing myself to smile to perhaps – just perhaps – cause someone else to smile, too. Alas, it doesn’t work.
I’ve felt this often on this shuttle bus – the hopelessness, the weariness, the emptiness – and I am overcome with the weight of it all – of life and death, morning and evening, the unending cycle of daily existence. Prov. 15:13 says “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” I fear there is much heartache on this bus tonight and every night. It makes me angry at the enemy of our souls, then I realize that much of our heartache is caused by no one except ourselves and the poor choices that we make.
I think also about the words of Jesus from the gospel of John: “…but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” How well do I follow that command?
Eccl. 8:1 – “Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man’s face and changes its hard appearance.”
I hope the next time that I’m on the shuttle bus, that I’ll have a bit more wisdom so that my face isn’t as hard and that His victory will shine through – even just a bit. I hope you will, too.
Copyright 2001 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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