Have you ever driven down a street that you have traveled a thousand times before and noticed something new? Or, have you ever read something that you have read a thousand times but on the 1001st time it suddenly seemed to have a different meaning or significance to you?
I had an experience like this a few nights ago. I was reading the Sermon on the Mount in the fifth chapter of Matthew. In verse 8, the Savior taught: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”. As I read these words they suddenly seemed to mean so much more than they ever had before.
It occurred to me that maybe the Savior meant more than that the pure in heart would see God in Heaven when their earth life was over. Maybe, He meant that the pure in heart will see God in this life, in this world.
Maybe the Savior meant that the pure in heart will see God in all of His creations. They will see him in the first golden rays of the sunrise and in the first flowers of spring. They will see Him in the majestic mountains and breathtaking vistas and in the mighty oceans and babbling brooks. They will most certainly see Him in the face of a newborn child.
Maybe the Savior meant that the pure in heart will see God in other people—in His other children. The pure in heart will recognize that we are all God’s children. They will see Him in both those that render service and in those they serve. They will see God in both the elderly and in the little children. They will see Him in both the rich and the poor. They will see Him in all of humanity.
Maybe the Savior meant that the pure in heart will see God in their own lives. They will see and acknowledge His hand in their own lives and in all things. They will see His blessings and miracles in their lives every day. They will know that He is very aware of them, that He loves them and that He wants them to return to Him safely. They will know that He both hears and answers their prayers.
So this week, I read one sentence that I have read a thousand times before and found new meaning. I believe that my Heavenly Father blessed me with this added insight. I believe that He can and will teach us so much more if we are open and receptive.
I am going to try to be more open and receptive to my Heavenly Father, to read His word more often and to learn all that He has to teach me. I am going to strive harder to be “pure in heart” and to “see God”.