Then Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgment,
so that those who do not see might see -
and those who do see, might become blind.’ John 9:39
I was thinking, today, of the lenses in life.
Do we try to vignette reality?
Or do we face the hard and the harsh head-on?
Do we soften the edges for ourself - while others live on the edge?
The edge of poverty, the edge of loneliness?
The edge of despair?
Do we live on the edge of holiness?
Do we use a wide-angle lens?.. that includes the feelings of others.
Are others even 'in the picture?'
The affect of our words and our attitudes…
are these included in this wide-angle lens?
Or do we use a microscopic lens - on the faults of others,
while leaving the lens cap on, when studying our own faults?
Mea culpa, for I do this, too.
Are the lenses binocular? - so that we may see a distance.
Or do we use a close up lens, the better to dwell on ‘my soul’ ‘my prayer’ 'my faith.'
Do we see the world that God has made through tinted lenses? -
thinking it worse or better - depending on the day?
Instead of that which has come from His hand?
“Let him who has eyes, see…” Jesus of Nazareth
And yet to hear these words, we need ears to listen, too.
I don’t even accept Jesus as God, and yet the words he spoke,
on given occassions, surely remain in mind.
“Let him who has eyes, see; let him who has ears, listen.”