To See How Others See 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 11:00 AM - Extra Christy
While spending two weeks on pilgrimage with others Israel, we found out that we all have challenges and we learned to make allowances for one another. One of our group, Bonnie, has difficulty seeing. We take turns spotting for her as we travel. "Step!" or "Bump!" we exclaim, not unlike the Turkish guard banging his staff to make a clear path for the priest through the crowds at the Church of Holy Sepulchre.

During my turn, I was warning Bonnie not just of actual steps but patterns of contrasting shadows and light that look like steps but are not. "Flat!" I would shout, letting her know there was NOT a step before her, just shadows in the light. She said in wonder, "You're seeing like I do!"

Seeing how others see is helpful not only in guiding others, but in understanding which paths others choose. There were many contrasts of light and dark which people saw differently in the Holy Land. A recent shadow on the Holy Land is the wall between Israeli and Palestinian areas. The Israelis look at the wall and see security protection. The Palestinians look at the other side of the same barrier and see a prison wall.

I wonder what it looks like to God.

Seeing as God's Sees

We do use wisdom when speaking to people who are mature in their faith. But it isn't the wisdom of this world or of its rulers, who will soon disappear. We speak of God's hidden and mysterious wisdom that God decided to use for our glory long before the world began. The rulers of this world didn't know anything about this wisdom. If they had known about it, they would not have nailed the glorious Lord to a cross. But it is just as the Scriptures say,

"What God has planned for people who love him
is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard.
It has never even entered our minds!"

God's Spirit has shown you everything. His Spirit finds out everything, even what is deep in the mind of God. You are the only one who knows what is in your own mind, and God's Spirit is the only one who knows what is in God's mind. But God has given us his Spirit. That's why we don't think the same way that the people of this world think. That's also why we can recognize the blessings that God has given us. -- ( 1 Corinthians:6-12 CEV )

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