Look: To Direct One’s Attention

Then he said to Thomas , “Put your finger here; see my hands.
Reach out your hand and put it into my side.
Stop doubting and believe.”
 
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
 
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:27-28 NIV
 
 
Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt: LOOK
 
(This is where you write for five minutes,
no editing, just write and see what spills out.)
 
Here’s my offering:



Look at me. I have freckles. A diploma on my wall. A blog on the internet. I have a husband and two sons. I want you to notice how accomplished I have become. I am short. I have brown hair. I wear glasses.

Look at me, ma…no hands…I road my bike to have coffee with friends. I bought groceries and carried them home on the same bike. Aren’t you proud of me?

Don’t look at me! I am wart. I am slug. I am abscessed wound. I stink. I drop the ball. I am picked last. I didn’t comb my hair. My shirt and pants don’t match. I lie. I cheat. I pretend. I act out in anger. I scream. I curse. I want to punch someone in the face. I am ugly.

Look at Jesus.
 
I don’t know what he looked like, his physical body marred, bloody, sweaty, dripping with life. He walked dusty roads. He climbed a hill with a tree on his back. He looked upon his mother and John. He groaned. He breathed. He gasped. He died. Buried in a cave with a stone door. Body found missing.
 
He appears. He eats. They believe. One doubts. Jesus returns. Look at me. Look at my hands. Touch my wounds. Put your hand in my side. Believe.

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12 thoughts on “Look: To Direct One’s Attention

  1. Well, Kel, this is hands down the most powerful post you have ever written. I am looking, and standing amazed. My eyes are open My mouth is shut. I am looking down, shame-faced. I thnk the ugly description was of me. But look! Jesus, cups my face and lifts my head. Oh, may I look to Jesus for cleansing.P.S. Another thing that makes this so exceptional is that you wrote it in just five minutes. Amazing!

  2. Kel, this is beautifully written and expressed…especially in just five minutes! You had me there with you as an adult with the child's heartcry still to be noticed. And then with how it is Jesus, Him most of all we want others to see… I love how God speaks into us as we write. Did you know that you were moving towards that ending, or did it just go that way as you wrote? So many times He suddenly opens an idea or a twist or a turn to me as I start writing…

  3. Lynn-This was powerful to write. As soon as I say the word look…thoughts started swirling. It felt like confession both of my inadequacy and of His incredible mercy, grace and sacrifice.

  4. Pam- When I read the word look…my first thought was Look ma, no hands…then I had the three phrases…look at me…don't look at me…look at Jesus…at first I had abstract examples but I felt nudged to make the images very visual. The ending wasn't that surprising because I had been reading about Thomas and the passion of Jesus in a book this week, and so it just kind of flowed out. I was pleased with the overall ending…and I did write over for about two minutes to get to the final word…believe…the writing process is so fascinating to me. I love these five minute sprints!

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