Learning to See

Yesterday I paid a visit to Eye casualty.  I was picking up a sort of wormy line in my vision. I suspected it was a floater and those are generally harmless but given I have a pre-existing eye condition and cornea grafts I thought it wise to get things checked out. The doctor confirmed all was fine with my retina and that this as suspected was a case of the gel in the eye moving which is known as Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). The doctor also advised that it would take about a month to settle down which is a bit of a nuisance. However, she reassured me that usually the brain learns to filter out things like this from the vision.

The brain is brilliant at filtering things out that it thinks we don’t need to see and that’s helpful in a situation like this. However, it can cause problems when it results in us missing and overlooking things that we do need to see.  Lean Manufacturing experts take this so seriously that they put much of their emphasis on training manufacturing engineers and managers to learn to see. In Toyota for example, any new recruit must spend their first day or more simply stood in a fixed spot observing.  The skill of looking and observing is critical to our ability to solve problems and make wise decisions.

It’s for that reason that a lot of Faithroots is about observing what is going on around us in the world whether it is learning to see what is going on with coronavirus or commenting on the US election as well as all the articles on theology, apologetics and pastoral care. We are learning to observe the world around us.  Yesterday, I saw that one of the UK’s leading bloggers was not commenting on the Presidential election. This was because he didn’t think he could comment accurately on the cultural situation in America. The implication in his advise to other bloggers was that this matter had nothing to do with us and so we should stay out of it. Yet, the US election has so much to do with us on the other side of the Atlantic. We will be affected in many ways by it, both because POTUS is also leader of the free world and because we are one with our brothers and sisters in the States who are going through a major change. So we need to learn to see what is happening in the wider world.

Our primary need as God’s people is to have our spiritual eyes opened and to learn to see things as God sees them. This means learning to see what God’s Word is saying. It means learning to see what is happening in the lives of others. It means learning to see both the great need around us and the great opportunities as we see what God can and is doing. 

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