Seeing But Not Seeing

Creation is intended to draw the eyes and minds of people. God planned it that way. But the cares of this world and the strength directing our own way through life means we miss the obvious. Ultimately, our distracted ways keep us from seeing the hand of God and our need for Him.

A natural example is in the sketch below. This scene is ever so common. During the Spring and Fall the changes of the season bring rapid changes in temperature and humidity. Fog often occurs in the evenings. Conditions yield beautiful scenes that only last for a few hours as trees and forests or even sky objects are presented in a different light. This little sketch was done with a tiny binoculars. The same scene with a little wider field of view could have been done with eyes alone.

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I have been with people while seeing scenes like this. I usually comment on the scene and we all stop to look at it. In many cases, they say, “I have never noticed those details before.” Why not? Because we often live distracted lives. The Bible says that most lives are headed down a path away from God. It makes a person blind to the obvious. That is why Jesus could heal a person while leaders, who witnessed the miracle, would leave the scene with an intent to find a way to kill Him. Their own way had blinded them to the obvious.

I recall a Spring day when two friends were upset and fighting in a public place. Their issues had them so tied up in knots they could not see anything else. They were standing amid beautiful fragrant bushes in the morning light. Their children were nearby–all well behaved and playing in peace. The clamor in their souls had blinded them to a Spring morning but also their children.

In recent months I have seen couples eating out, who were obviously in love from their initial greetings and manner toward each other, but the rest of their time was spent texting people who were not present. They never looked at each other through the meal. They ate for over an hour texting non-present people and hardly looked at each other for the remainder of their time together. It reminded me of the way we are with God sometimes, where we say quick “hello” and then proceed to turn our attention elsewhere when He is still at the table across from us.

If you are a believer, take time to stop and settle your soul. Pray that you not be blind to the obvious: God wants your attention. If you are an unbeliever, there is good news. If you truly want that starving soul of yours to be fed, turn to Him. Christ said His way is light and life, because He is the Light and the Life. When He is central, the soul begins to see properly–not missing the obvious: His creation, our place in it, and our relationship with Him.

 

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About Roland

We avidly enjoy teaching about and observing God's creation. We are active in Christian mission work that often takes us to the Philippines and Asia. the observation of God's creation in terms. Part of the outreach and work is to maintain a site: www.cwm4him.org [or use christworksministries.org]. This site includes inspirational blogs, free downloadable courses, and a history of the charity organization. We aim to share the love of Jesus Christ, who has graciously extended his love to us. Our faith is a walking faith, so faith and works, as much as we are able, are married together.
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