DayBreaks for 10/287/16 – Problems With Eyesight
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2006:
As I get older, I find that I don’t trust what I see as much as I once did. It’s time to go visit the eye doctor again – maybe that will help some. It’s harder to tell distances on the golf course, if I have my glasses off, I have to hold books really close in order to read the words. Sometimes at night, shadows can fool me into thinking that some animal is out there on the hillside when in reality, nothing is there. So, I’m learning not to trust my eyesight too much.
Craig Larsen was struck with how our selective eyesight can cause us to miss things we’d rather not see. As he sat in a park on a summer day, he started watching several robins that were looking for something to eat. As he really watched them, and then reflected on what he saw, he realized that the innocent-looking birds that to many are so delightful as the heralds of spring, are really vicious killers. He wrote: “They hop along in the grass, pause cutely, cock their heads, and stare at the ground. Then they pounce on their unsuspecting prey, savagely pounding their beaks like jackhammers into the soil, sending dirt flying until they seize the unarmed father and mother of many baby worms and mercilessly snip it to pieces. With a slurp, the robins gobble up their still-writing victims. But their bloodlust is not satisfied. They are serial killers. Without remorse, they hope off to repeat their brutality.”
Perhaps we struggle especially when it comes to spiritual eyesight. I’ve been preaching through the gospel of John, and one of the things that is front and center many times is the lack of spiritual eyesight on the part of those who should be able to see spiritual truths the most clearly. But the Pharisees were blind to truths about Jesus that they didn’t want to see, and the “commoners” were blinded to the flaws of the Pharisees.
We all have spiritual blind spots in our lives. We probably know what most of them are if we take even a couple of minutes to think about them and pray about them, but we seldom do that because we don’t like to admit our weaknesses and sins. But we need to observe ourselves carefully. What are the tendencies that lead us into sin? What unrepented-of sin do we have in our lives that we don’t even acknowledge and confess to God?
And another warning: we also tend to look at other people and draw conclusions about them that may be very incorrect. Just as the robin, when you think about it, is a serial killer of worms even while it wears it’s colorful orange breast feathers, people aren’t always what they seem to be, either. None of us are fully transparent and open about who we are, what we think, even what we do. We’ve all been in denial since the garden of Eden, suffering from bad eyesight and poor comprehension.
PRAYER: Lord, we so easily are impressed by that which is flashy and showy. We tend to only look at surface things and to only see in ourselves what we want to see, and to see problems in everyone else. Search our hearts with Your Spirit and give us the courage to bear the things you reveal to us and to repent of our blindness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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