Appearances are often Deceiving

I invite you to read Andrea’s encouraging post.

Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestBy Andrea Perdue

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Matthew 6:30-33 The Message

In the beginning of spring I bought caladium bulbs and brought them home to plant. As I opened each pack it appeared to both my husband and I that they were not healthy. In fact, they looked dead.

Rather than take them back, I suggested we plant them and hope they would grow and flourish. My husband appeased me, but I knew he thought it was a waste of time. We planted each tiny bulb and I didn’t think anymore about them. As summer approached there was still no sight of life in the area they were planted.

In my personal life, I began summer looking for hope and grasping a hold of any glimmer of God’s presence I could capture. I entered a season where I had to make the choice more than once to look at things through God’s eyes and not the worlds. The world wanted me to believe things were hopeless, yet God wanted me to remember things are not always as they appear through my human eyes. He is alive and well and deeply imbedded in the most difficult places.

With many ups and downs each day, I found hope and strength through a deep faith. I was reminded of these basic truths:

“Jesus loves me and He is always with me. He sees all and knows all and He longs for His greater good to be revealed in and through my life and the lives of others. Jesus sees us through the light of His love. He sees the hope within us, because He placed it there.”


Upon returning home from a recent trip my husband walked me out to the two flower beds where we had previously planted all those caladium bulbs. Both beds are bursting with beautiful color and numerous caladiums. Those bulbs we thought were shriveled up and dead had life in them after all. Indeed, things are not always as they appear. Quite often, appearances are deceiving.

Have you ever given up on yourself or someone else because they or their situation appeared hopeless, dead, or shriveled up? If so, consider looking through the eyes and heart of Jesus rather than through your own or that reflected through our world.

phone pics 121Andrea Perdue. I’m a wife, mom to a blended family, nana, and friend who embraces life seeking to become the person God created me to be. My days are full, but there is always time for writing, reading, and sharing Jesus grace and love with others. It’s my prayer God will use me in the craziness of each day. Please connect with Andre at  Arise2Write or on


14 Responses to Appearances are often Deceiving

  1. It can be all too easy to look at things from a human perspective and give up. But I love how we can have faith in Jesus and everything is different. He looks at the heart and the motive underneath. How grateful I am that He doesn’t give up on His children. Beautiful thoughts Andrea. I love the spiritual lessons we can learn through ordinary life.

    Blessings and love,

  2. I loved it when you convinced your husband to plant the bulbs anyway. That spoke to me and encouraged me. We never know, do we? We just keep doing our part in our daily lives and leave the rest up to Jesus! So happy to be on this journey of faith and hope with you, precious sister!

    • Thank you, Mary! You are so right….we never know what God is going to do with what we plant. I’m reminded time and time again that what I deem hopeless is just a miracle waiting to happen.

  3. Andrea; We do need to look at the events that affect us through God’s eyes. When we learn to do that, we move closer to Him. I am taking a break right now, Trying to get things done for when our son comes for a visit. Quiet Spirit.

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