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Appearances of Splendor – Part 2

Appearances of Splendor – Part 2

Perspective is key when dealing with appearances from sensible standpoints. So many folks underestimate people and circumstances due to preconceived notions and rushes to judgment.

Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer, readily comes to mind. On April 11, 2009, when she appeared on “Britain’s Got Talent,” right off the bat, her physical appearance diminished her in the eyes of the judges and some audience members. Susan began to sing in her superb mezzo-soprano voice, which pleasantly stunned the folks in attendance. Why were they stunned? It wasn’t their expectation that such melodic beauty would pour from a woman of her outward appearance. Boy, were they wrong. Susan went on to become an internet sensation and has produced successful albums. She even sang at Windsor Castle! As she continued to perform, Susan also made changes to enhance her outer appearance. I love Susan’s story and salute her and what she’s accomplished.

How many times have fans left basketball games prematurely because they decided that it was a foregone conclusion that their team wouldn’t win? It appeared a done deal, but their team rallied and unexpectedly won the game with a buzzer beater play or some other unexpected game actions.

Who saw the video on YouTube titled, “The Battle of Kruger” where lions attacked a baby buffalo? It appeared that he was likely going to be killed by the lions, but then the buffalo herd came to the rescue, battled the lions, and regained custody of the baby buffalo. It was a spectacular view.

In the Bible, Naaman, the leprous captain, scoffed at Elisha’s instruction — 2 Kings 5:10 – KJV — to wash in the Jordan to be cleansed of his leprosy. Naaman went away in a rage because he deemed the rivers of Damascus better than the water of Jordan. Naaman’s servants convinced him to return to wash in the Jordan and indeed, his leprosy was cured. It appeared to Naaman that the water of Jordan wasn’t good enough, but how grateful he was to learn that he was wrong.

2 Kings 5:12-14 – KJV
Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Yes, it’s been proven time and time again that appearances don’t always correspond with our expectations. Valuable lessons are contained in the subsequent revelations.

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