“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Do you ever find yourself looking more at the surface than at the heart?

Sometimes I find myself forgetting — no matter how unconsciously — that what I see is only just that. It’s what I see. It’s not what is in the heart, and that’s what matters.

Samuel did it too. He went to see David’s family and thought he had everything all figured out. He thought he knew who the new king was going to be when he saw one of David’s brothers. Look at what God told him though..

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.'” [1 Samuel 16:7, Amplified Bible]

We only look on the outside by nature.

God will teach us, if we’ll only let Him, to look at the heart. To look at more than all that is skin-deep and really discover the hearts of the people around us.

Our lives are great proof of our hearts.

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” [Proverbs 27:19, TNIV]

“The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.” [Luke 6:45, Amplified Bible]

And just as our lives are great proof of our hearts, I think our lives and our hearts determine what we see. With each glimpse of anything, we have a choice. We can decide whether we see what is everyday and mundane or whether we see a miracle. It comes of our decision of how we live.

Because it really isn’t what we look at. It’s what we see.