[blockquote source=”Zechariah 7:8-10 (NIV)]And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.'[/blockquote]
Lost and Found
My wife recently bought a book for our son for Christmas, titled “Lost and Found“. It is a story about a penguin showing up at the door of a little boy. The little boy (let’s call him Thomas, as that’s what my son calls him) was eager to help the penguin (Percy, again, yes, my son’s choice). So first the boy asked the “Lost and Found” but no one seems to be missing a penguin. Thomas then asked the birds, thinking that since Percy is also a bird, they might know. But also to no avail.
Then after some research, Thomas realized that penguins are found in the South Pole. Hence, he decided to take Percy back. He tried numerous ways but finally settled on using his own boat to take Percy back.
After sailing for days and nights, they finally arrived at the South Pole. When Thomas bade farewell to Percy, he noticed that Percy became even sadder. But Thomas left anyway. Not long after parting ways with Percy, Thomas began to sense that something was amissed. He thought about it for a while only to realize that Percy wasn’t lost, but all he needed was a friend!
So Thomas quickly sailed back to the Pole, but when he got there, Percy was nowhere to be found! Devastated, Thomas left with a heavy heart. But from afar, Thomas noticed something in the waters, and as he sailed towards it, was he glad to find Percy! And so the boy and the penguin were reunited.
Moral of the Story
There are two key lessons in this story. One is about our perception, and the other is our projection of that perception. Thomas’s (the boy) perception was that Percy (the penguin) was lost! And as a result of that perception, he then went through all that trouble to take Percy back. Hence, we cannot accuse Thomas of doing the wrong thing. He did what was the right thing to do, in his eyes. However, had he took the effort to ascertain the real reason why Percy was at his door, he could have saved himself all the trouble.
Perception and Projection
In our daily lives, we come into contact with different people in a variety of circumstances. And oftentimes, what we do is basically a projection of our perception. Further, because our brains are always looking out for patterns, we’ve become so efficient in our thinking, so much so that we sometimes do not pause to examine or reflect if our perception was accurate in the first instance!
Did You Sent Someone Away?
Is there someone who have come into your life recently? Maybe all that person needs is a friend? And did you send that person away?
Or, my brothers and sisters. Did God showed up at your door (life) one day, but you sent Him away?
Did Jesus knocked on your door recently? Did you sent Jesus away?
Father, I pray that we have the ability and humility to examine our perception, to ensure that the perception is accurate so that our projection of that perception would bring about justice, mercy, and compassion for Your people. In Jesus name, Amen.

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