God has been teaching me a lot lately about how I view people. For instance, recently I ordered food at the drive-thru of a local fast food joint. The voice that came through the microphone was very well-spoken, eloquent and respectful. Pulling up to the window to pay for the meal, before me stood a gentleman with green hair, big fat wooden earrings in his ears, tattoos and so forth. I mentioned to my husband that I would have never identified that voice with that look or persona (not that any of those things are indicators of anything negative, it was just an observation).
Often we can come across people in our pathway who don’t look the way we feel they should look or don’t carry themselves in a manner approving of our standards, yet in them is a real person with a real soul.
David was judged wrongly by those of his own house. When the prophet Samuel came to Jesse’s house to anoint a new king no one suspected that the little ruddy boy out in the fields was the one God had in mind. Even Samuel himself looked at the appearance of the other young men and thought that surely one of these was the one God was seeking after. God plainly told Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart,” (1 Samuel 16:7).
God has a perspective that we can’t have; He can see the heart of man. Perhaps instead of making up our minds too quickly about individuals we can just decide to love them and accept them as God made them and let God be the one to deal with their heart. God is awesome like that! He keeps teaching me and I am still learning, and in the process I am pleasantly surprised 🙂