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Powers of Observation
by Kerry Nenn
07/06/09
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I couldn’t tell you now exactly what it was that had exasperated us so. But, something my mom had failed to observe had left us dumbfounded that she had not noticed it.
Not that this was a rare occurrence. My mom has always been known in our household as the least observant one. But, whatever it was this time had really floored us.
Amid the cries of ‘I can’t believe you didn’t notice! And ‘You never notice anything!’ my mom grinned sheepishly and tried to defend herself.
“I’m not that bad. I notice…some…stuff.”
Right. We thought differently. So, the test.
We (my dad, sister, and I) hung a short-haired dark brown wig on the end of one of the ceiling fan blades in the dining room. Yes, five feet above the table my mom eats at daily, in the center of the room she walks through multiple times each day, on the fan that is visible from several seats in the living room, and from the foyer, thus in plain site from the moment you step through the front door!
Would mom notice?
It hung there for days.
We hung on as long as we could. Finally, we couldn’t stand it anymore. We could only keep a straight face for so long. After a few days had gone by, we pointed it out to her.
Much laughter ensued.
Her big defense:
“That’s not fair. I never look up!”

As amusing as I find this story, it does make me pause and reflect on my mom’s response.
‘I never look up.’
How often are we guilty of this? We are so busy observing the things around us (or not observing them) that we fail to look up. We think we are running our lives just fine, everything under control. We know our way around. We know all the answers. We see to it that we’re getting all we can out of life. But, we don’t realize what we are missing out on. Gad has more for us. He wants to show us so much more that we’ll never see without Him. He’ll be our guide, our light, our salvation.
If only we’d look up.


My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Psalm 5:3


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Lesley-Anne Evans 08 Jul 2009
Kerry!!! This is awesome. I love the story… it makes me laugh too, and then the thought that follows is so clearly presented that I can't ignore it. You have hit the nail on the head here! Please keep writing as I'm enjoying it very much. Just an idea… check out how many times in the Old Testament the words/phrases 'see' and 'look up' and 'lift your eyes' is used. It's 'eye opening'!!! Write on! Lesley-Anne




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