A Teaching From The Stone People

 

I just love finding heart-shaped rocks. To me, they are a reminder that Love is all around. When I find one, I feel reassured. I have begun to find heart shapes everywhere, in places besides rocks, but I have a strong connection with my heart rocks. A favorite pastime of mine is to take pictures of them and post them on Face book. I wrote a while back about how my daughter teases me when I find a rock that you really have to have a great imagination to ever see as heart-shaped. It has become a running joke. But there are rocks that I walk up to that appear to be hearts when, in fact, they are not. This happens frequently. I believe it is these rocks that cause my daughter to playfully roll her eyes at me and say “If you say so, Mom!”

I was walking the other day and happened upon one of these. It looked very much heart shaped and I started whipping out my phone to take a photo until I got closer and saw it from a different perspective. Then it didn’t look like a heart at all. Still, when I see one, I count it as another heart and it makes me smile just the same. It occurred to me then that people are much the same. Sometimes they appear to be “hearts” but as you come closer, you find that  they are randomly shaped rocks! How often have people appeared to be open-hearted and kind, but  were not? It probably happens as often as I see the heart-shaped rock that turns into a blob when seen from a different perspective.

Whether we see blobs or hearts when we look at other people, we need to always bear in mind that our perspective makes a big difference in what we see in others. This is why we are not qualified to judge. Who can say if the “real” rock is a heart or a blob? Who can say if the people we meet are who or what we think they are? Only God knows the truth. And to God, we are all hearts. When God looks at us it is Love that stands out, no matter what angle God views us from. God knows that each person carries in their core Self something of the Spirit because we are created by the same Divine Love that put the stars into motion. It is easy for us to miss this because we interact on the level of personality and all the baggage that comes along with it. People trigger our wounds and we trigger theirs. Some people just simply irk us and that is all there is to it. But Spirit calls us up higher, to see all others from a perspective that allows for the discovery of goodness and Love.

…For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

1 Samuel16:7

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