We have a great disability.
Most of it comes from the fact that our vision is impaired.
It’s often because we are able to see with our eyes, but we do not see with our hearts.
Jesus looked up. It was offering time. People were coming into the Temple with their coins in their hands.
“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’” Luke 21:1-4
Jesus looked up and He saw.
He saw the rich.
He saw the poor woman.
He saw them both.
On that day, how many others in the crowd saw them both?
It was easy to recognize the rich. Their coins probably rang out as they were dropped into the offering box. How long did it take to put in some of what they had? How long did the sound echo as they put in a lot of coins but only a little of their abundance? How long did they stand there? They were the rich.
They dropped in so much.
But they really dropped in so little.
It didn’t take long at all for her to put in two coins. This widow could not have stood very long to place two tiny coins into the offering. It was maybe nothing more than a tiny whisper as these almost weightless pieces of copper dropped to the bottom of the box. No one probably noticed as she put in all she had.
She dropped in so little.
But she really dropped in so much.
Because we see, we think that a lot is a lot. Because we see, we don’t see that a little is often so much more. Our vision is impaired.
But Jesus looked up. He saw a lot. He saw a little. He knew which was more.
He always sees.