How Well Do We See?

That sounds like a strange title; surely we all see what is placed right in front of us even if we neglect to see things that are distant.  But then again, I think that might be a good question to ask.  Tonight my intelligent companion, Danny, alerted me to the fact that we had an intruder in our house.  Unfortunately, at least as far as I was concerned, it was a wasp.  So, without giving much thought to it I grabbed a can of wasp spray.  Those of you who are much smarter than I will realize instantly that wasp spray is not to be used inside the house.  Consequently, I spent time trying to carefully neutralize my efforts, after the wasp was dead of course and Danny was deposited in the bedroom with the door shut.  Why, O Lord, did you not stop me in my tracks?

You already know the answer, don’t you?  The Lord had a word to speak and what better way to accomplish it.  You will have to admit that our sight in today’s world is limited to what we want to see and seeing evil in our world is definitely not our choice.  We prefer to let someone else deal with that problem.  I think we better reevaluate our thinking especially if we are concerned with how our Heavenly Father sees us in light of tomorrow.

There are those of you who might be wondering if there is a message in the coming eclipse.  Some seem to think there is and maybe it is true that we should be more cognizant of the things that are happening in this world even if they are currently not at our door.  Matthew recorded the words of Jesus when He was speaking to the multitudes.  Jesus often spoke in parables for a good reason because seeing they do not see…nor do they understand (13:13).  Is it possible that we have missed seeing what might have been a better answer than what we could possibly be looking at in today’s world of dog eat dog?

While it is true that we have grown intellectually and know many things today that were simply unknown yesterday, it is also true that we are not often wise in our doings. It would seem we would rather enjoy life than spend time making it better, particularly when we often doubt our own judgment.  Do you ever wonder why things pop into your mind; would it be stretching too much to consider the fact that God might simply be talking to us and hoping we would listen, particularly when He adds sight to the equation.

It is interesting to look back and ponder how things might be different today if we had simply had a crystal ball.  I wonder what our world might be like if Eve had just been able to see how her actions would affect all of God’s creation for years to come.  But then, we all know that patterns were made to be broken.  That is right, isn’t it?  That seems to be our designated style of learning even though the end result is not always what we would have chosen.  Is it too late to change the patterns that we have caused to become habit?  I have the feeling that it would be very pleasing to our Lord to see that we are finally beginning to learn; that, just maybe, there might actually be hope for the world He created.

Paul tells us in the book of Romans that hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:5-6).  Just maybe I should have my eyes checked to see if I need new glasses. 

Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA