How many times have you looked at something, made a decision about it, and then realized your first observation was not right? In fact, sometimes the reality of our first impressions is that we should have been more careful in making them in the first place.

How many times have you read a headline and then when you read the supporting article, realized the message was much different from the headlines.

So many times it seems we hear or see just a glimpse of something and become very heated in our thoughts, when the whole story maybe way different, if we only take the time to observe.

I took a couple of pictures of an example of what I mean. The first picture is merely a bunch of duct tape rings attached to a pole in no apparent order. Not the greatest or prettiest of colors.

However, if you take several steps back to observe this same display, you see a beautiful mural of trees.

Obviously, the artist had a clear vision of their work. This was displayed downtown by the 16th Street Mall recently. I think it is reflective of what happens when we take time to observe the whole picture and listen and look before rushing into our decisions.

The following verse also reminds us we aren't quite as all-knowing as we think.

For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun? (Ecclesiastes 6:12 RSV)

Dear God,
Help us to take time to reflect on a situation and not reach a wrong conclusion. Help us to look at both sides and take some time to see the other perspectives other than our own. Amen

Wendy Saathoff

**** Special note - The pictures are horizontal and actually should be vertical. The uploading process changed the format.

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