Not long ago, we had a short break in a flat in St Anne’s. We found the building quite easily, a pair of tall narrow Victorian semis, in a road not far from the sea. The outside of the house and street had little to recommend it, front gardens had disappeared to be replaced by concrete parking spaces and row upon row of plastic dustbins. No trees graced this road of gaunt brick houses.
We opened the porch door and squeezing into the vestibule we punched a code into the keypad. Ascending a steep and narrow staircase with a suitcase and a rucksack is not easy especially when confronted at the top with a heavy fire door. Three more steps later we were punching a different code into another door followed by another steep and narrow staircase but when we got to the top what a transformation!
Here everything was hi-tech. In the living room a cupboard behind folding doors revealed an entire kitchen with more large appliances than I have in my own kitchen at home. Sleek modern sofas were adorned with cushions and an enormous television dominated one wall.
Surely though the bathroom was a place to behold, here was a smart Bluetooth mirror which gave the time and temperature of the room. My favourite gizmo had to be the washbasin tap which changed colour according to the temperature of the water: blue for cold, green for warm, red for hot and flashing red for very hot!
How different that flat was on the inside compared to the outside. It is indeed more important to look on the inside than the outside as it says in :
1 Samuel 16:7 (New International Version)
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”