Dummies 101


Have you ever wondered who makes all those store dummies with the removable arms, perfect figures and painted faces?  How do you choose a profession like that?  Playing with dolls?

When you look at these plastic forms, you will notice there are no flaws.  The lips are perfect, fingers are long and slender, the waist is in perfect proportion to the hips and chest, and any fashionable outfit looks fabulous on it.  I must say, however, that the feet always look a little weird to me.

These dummies mostly have a smile on their face, but show little, if any emotion.  There is no story to tell about its life, unless you make one up about a person who started out as a scientist, but then, for some strange reason, decided to change careers to become a store mannequin.

These dummies can be symbols of the countless people on our planet who walk around day after day with no emotions, just merely surviving in a lost world.  You can hide an unhappy childhood, bad life choices, the pain of divorce or death of a loved one, but you can’t hide them from God Himself.  He sees every little corner of our lives, every pain, every joy, every accomplishment, every failure, and yet loves us just like we are; flaws and all.

John 4:1-42 tells the story of Jesus meeting the woman at the well and through His conversation with Him, she realized that He knew her well.  Zaccheus is anther example of how the public saw a person they despised, but Jesus knew him and valued him.

How many times have we looked at someone and decided that they were not worthy of our time or care?  They may be greatly different from us, dress in an offensive way or speak inappropriately, but they have a heart and a soul, and God loves them as much as He loves us.  Do you see them through your own eyes or through spiritual eyes?  Do you see the eternal value of connecting with them by a touch or a prayer, or do you just walk by them like you do the dummies in a store?

The next time you walk by a store dummy, remember I Samuel 16:7, “Do not consider his appearance or his height for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

—Excerpt from “Visions of Him…Seeing God in Everyday Things”  by Robyn Besemann

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