Photo and Commentary ©2017 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath, July 1, 2017

A little over two weeks ago I was walking out the door of a large store, and strolled past a little restaurant. This is what I saw in the window—a poster featuring a huge photo of a plate of food.

I’m sure that in its original condition, this photo revealed all the succulence of the chef’s expertise. But this photo faces east, so that the morning sun mercilessly beats upon it all the way to noon.

Notice what has happened. The greens have faded, and since I’m a vegetarian, I really don’t have a clue about the original colors of the rest of the dish. At the left seem to be stalks of rhubarb, but I have a feeling that they’re not. In the center are pink items that are probably shrimp. Below are three large white objects which might be filleted fish. But whatever this dish’s original delights and tastiness, we cannot perceive them from this poster.

I wonder how this restaurant’s cooks feel when they glance at this poster on their way in to work? Do they ignore it, and go inside and fire up the grill and earn their paychecks from the regular customers? Do they suggest to the owner that he or she get a new poster to entice new lunchers?

How fresh and alive and appetizing is the picture of Jesus you present to those around you? Is it based on distant memories of childhood—a view of Jesus which was great for a child, but has faded, and which now needs to be updated with one reflecting His true depth and color?

How do you do this? By spending some time every day reading your Bible. Find a time and a place where you won’t be disturbed, and settle down and listen to the story. There you’ll find an astoundingly unpredictable but always loveable God.

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