What Do You See?

The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”

Jeremiah 1:12 (NIV)

The comic page includes a puzzle called the Magic Eye. At first glance, you see multiple tiny pictures of one object. Hidden in this scene is a 3D image. The directions read: “Hold the image close to your nose, slowly move it away and suddenly a hidden 3D illusion will magically appear.”

Usually, I don’t see the hidden picture. If you were to ask me, “What do you see,” I would respond, “I see random dots all over the page, but I don’t see what I am supposed to see.

God asked Jeremiah, “What do you see?”

Jeremiah answered, “The branch of an almond tree.”

Then, he said to Jeremiah, “I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”

Several things are happening with this vision. First, there is a play on words. The Hebrew word for almond tree is shaqed; the Hebrew word for “watching” is shoqed. In addition, the almond tree was the first to bud causing many to refer to it as the watching tree. Spring was awakened at the bud of the almond tree. In addition, almond trees were most plentiful. These trees would be frequent reminders to Jeremiah that God was watching over His Word.

Maybe there are times in our lives, just as it was for Jeremiah, when we can’t really see what God is doing. Looking at any news feed, newscast, or newspaper causes us to come away thinking we are losing ground rather than gaining ground. Just as Jeremiah was reminded, let us be encouraged in knowing that God is watching over His Word.