Eye has not Seen

In the book , To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch says,”You’ll never understand a man ’til you stand in his shoes and look at the world through his eyes.” So true, don’t you think? Each of us have an eye for certain things: Color, art, birds, cars, dogs, cats, decorating, ect.. But do we have the eyes to see those around us as Christ sees them?  I think we walk around with our eyes on so many things we fail to see that which is most beautiful around us, the souls of others. This world captivates us from the beginning with flashy, showy objects. Loud and beautiful pictures of things “We Need, ” “We Want,” or “We deserve.”  We are taught to focus on something for just a short time. 20 second commercials, 10 minute dialogues, and that fleeting by-pass slap in the face to our fellow beings, “Hi, How are you?” Never meaning to get beyond that.
Mark 8:18  Jesus quotes Jeremiah ” Hear this you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.”  Everyone, almost everywhere has heard the saying,”The eyes are the window to the  Soul.” But we ever really stop and look into that window. We don’t open our shades to let the light come in. We draw the blinds down, pull the shades over and close the Windows to our souls. In doing so, we judge those around us as being callous and uncaring, because they fail to see that which is inside of us. We want people to see our souls, feel our pain, and walk in our shoes, and when  they don’t we just judge them as uncaring, but lets reverse this Order. Let’s open up our Windows for people to see our souls, by seeing thru them first. We have Eyes to See, but we aren’t looking at the right thing. We have ears to hear but we aren’t listening to God. The thoughts of our own survival and screams from our own pain drown out those around us.  That’s why Paul wrote,” I pray that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened that you may know.” Ephesians 1:18
I’m here to say, yes “we will never understand a man until we walk in his shoes and see the world thru his eyes.”  It’s not about people seeing thru your eyes as much as you should be looking into theirs. Lets change our vision. Let’s blink, rub the sleep out and focus. Let us see thru GOD’s Eyes, walk in His Shoes…”For the eyes of the Lord move about the Earth Seeking.” “As you have received the Christ, so Walk in Him.” Colossians 2:6  ..” “Let this mind be in you that was in Christ..did not consider Himself.”   So, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, see thru His Eyes, and having His mind,  we will walk as He walked “MOVED with Compassion,” never asking for any, but always giving, seeing the Beauty of the Souls around Him.
What are you seeing? Do you hear their Cries? Have you tasted the Salt in the Tears they Cry?
“Eye Has not Seen.” Isaiah 64:4

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Wishing to Hold

  If you know my wife, she loves to shop, and when she shops she loves to touch everything.  She will say, “I want to see that,” which means she want’s to touch that. ( Jason, my BFF, just interrupted my blogging.) We all like to hold things, to see if we like the feel, the weight, the smell, or what ever. It’s not just looks, but if a bond is formed while holding, its the experiencing of.. So it is with the things of God. We want to hold, feel, touch, try it on, see if it fits, and if a bond is formed. We want to experience it.. But most of the time it’s never holding, feeling, but seeing from a Distance.  Never really holding, but sometimes feeling. Never really seeing, but catching glimpses from afar.  “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” and “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things Not Seen.”  So, we have these moments when we sense, pause and hear the echo of our souls longing for a home more glorious than this we have. Wanting to be Clothed in something non parishable, more than this latest fad.  Yes, We all want to touch, feel, smell, experience, this life God has called us to. But the cares of this world drown the sounds of heaven from us. The things of this world numbs our touch of the world not seen; our eyes become weary of looking, but never seeing. Our ears become dull of listening without ever hearing.
“I want to see that.” It forever echos in my walk of faith.
“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.”(Hebrews 11:13-15 ESV)