20/20 Vision

Who has perfect vision?  An old saying: "What you see depends upon where you sit" indicates the difficulty we face in trying to understand reality: we only receive a partial picture. Although it is often said that everyone has 20/20 vision with the benefit of hindsight, even then we only see from the limited standpoint of the present.  We are still incapable of seeing the whole picture.

When we place ourselves at the centre of the universe, we assume that what we see is not only true, but universally true.  If people do not see the same way that we do, they must be wrong, and it is our duty to correct them.  Through our enlightenment, they are made whole.

One of the greatest challenges we face is the recognition of our own limitations: the realisation that we only ever see (at best) the tip of the iceberg, and even then from only one perspective.  As the apostle Paul wrote: "we know in part..."; "we see through a glass darkly...". The prophet Isaiah saw it from a different perspective: "'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts' declares the LORD"

Faith must learn to listen anew; to perceive afresh; to let itself be challenged by God.  This takes courage - to allow God to change our thoughts, to change our hearts, to change our minds.  It is at the very core of the gospel.  It also means taking time to be still enough to let God speak, to be quiet enough to hear God's voice: it is the source of life to us.

March 1, 1998
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