Do you remember, as a school kid, being intrigued by that picture which, when you first looked at it, showed an old hag of a woman with a big hooked nose?
Then, when you looked at it again and consciously re-engaged your brain, it showed a pretty, delicate young woman! It all depended on how you saw it.
Mindset certainly affects how we ‘see’ things. We often class ourselves as a ‘glass half empty’ or ‘half full’ type of person.
Jesus spoke of the eye being the lamp of the body. If our eyes are good, then our body is full of light, if they are bad, then we are full of darkness.
It is a fact that if we see things through bitter, critical, lustful or envious eyes, then what we see is a tainted and distorted view of the real thing. Many see God through ‘bad’ eyes and then say they don’t believe in Him.
Jesus rebuked religious leaders of his day because they were, he said, blind leaders. They were greatly offended.
Although Jesus lived out the very character of God as no-one ever has or ever will, these leaders didn’t see it. What frustrated Jesus, was not their blindness, he could heal that, but their refusal to acknowledge their condition. There’s none so blind as those who think they can see when in fact they cannot.
When Paul the apostle had his Damascus road conversion, he was for a time, made physically blind by the light he had seen.
It was symbolic of the spiritual blindness he had been labouring under. He could no longer deny his spiritual blindness any more than he could his physical blindness.
As a result, he yielded completely to God, who healed body and spirit. And so Paul started a new life as a follower of Jesus and a believer in God.
Can you ‘see’ where any of this may have relevance to you and to the community in which we live?
Shirley Baptist Church