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Antoine de Saint Exupery noted this about visual acuteness: “What is essential is invisible to the eye. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.”1 

Paul emphasized focusing on the unseen,2 making clear that doing so is possible only through Jesus Christ.

My friend Rose sees others through God’s heart, recognizing the gifts which He has given her and others. Seeing with the heart, she is blessed and blesses.

That heart vision allowed her to make a career shift when, in the midst of hopelessly deteriorating family circumstances, she became a single mother of three. Weary of working double shifts, struggling to make ends meet, she privately observed that her innate sense combined with professional training and life experience was sufficient to qualify her for an administrative role within the system. Prayerfully, she approached the CEO who laughed at her proposal to let her to sit for the qualifying exams, without enrolling in the prerequisite course work. She persisted, promising that if she failed the exams she would never bring up the subject with him again; he relented, assuring her that she was doomed to fail.

She (and, according to her, the Lord) passed those exams with flying colors; as administrator, she led her institution to achieve multiple awards over the next decades, benefitting employees and clients, and earning the CEO’s lifelong respect.

Barely settled into retirement, Rose agreed to care for Lilibeth*, a woman whose many problems, included severe childhood abuse-related, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Multiple caretakers had given up in frustration, but Rose, seeing the talents and loneliness of the damaged person beneath the multiple defensive “mean” layers, persisted kindly, honestly and firmly until, quite miraculously, a mutually rewarding friendship emerged.

Unlikely Match

It was an unlikely match. Rose’s background was humble, at times marked by poverty, but through frugal living she had always shared unstintingly with her extended family and others.

Lilibeth’s multibillion dollar inheritance placed her at a prominent address with a full staff tending to her, and where celebrities, greeted by uniformed doormen, arrived and left by limousine.

The nurturing Rose became “muse” to emerging poet Lilibeth. More than the greatly appreciated gifts affectionately presented to her over time, Rose treasured Lilibeth, the giver. As a result, Lilibeth slowly became more emotionally accessible, her protective social isolation lessening; thus the lives of both women were enriched.

In the end, Lilibeth, previously heavily armored against relationships, had two requests: to spend three nights at Rose’s home and, when the time came, for Rose to be among the very few chosen attendees at her private graveside service.

About her heart vision, Rose might say with Paul, “…I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it but one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13, 14). 

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By Lorraine S. Beaven. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ® .

1 Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The Little Prince, chapter XXI
2 Corinthians 4:18

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