May 14 – Cool Shades

Dr. Vanessa Brown, in her recent book “Cool Shades: The History and Meaning of Sun Glasses,” makes some interesting observations: Referring to sunglasses, she writes, “ In a fashion context, they draw attention to the eyes but render them unreadable, hence the mystique and “cool” factor. Then Ms. Brown adds, “No matter who’s looking, shades are the difference between being seen and being known.” It is true that people can only see us externally, when we wear sunglasses that shade our eyes, and they cannot really know us on the inside. But what is true of us, is not true of our Maker. David the Psalmist makes this clear, writing, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me…You understand my thought afar off…and are acquainted with all my ways.” As He looks into our hearts He sees much that displeases Him. But when we seek Him and call upon Him He has promised that He will “abundantly pardon.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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