Oh Say, Can You See?

My husband recently shared an article with me that was written by another pastor. I thought it was good food for thought, so I’m going to share it. May we all seek to develop more of a God’s eye view of life.

In West Virginia-Kentucky backcountry along the Tug Fork River, lived two families (that turned into warring clans) in the late 1800’s. The first recorded instance of violence in the famous feuding, as legends go, occurred after a dispute about the ownership of a hog. It became, after much feuding over this and that, that the mere mention of “Hatfield” to a McCoy brought instant angst as likewise did the mere mention of “McCoy” did to a Hatfield.

No matter how “right” a statement might have been if the statement in any way spoke other than evil of the opposing clan it was rejected and belittled. The glasses that the McCoys wore were always Hatfield-colored and the spectacles of the Hatfields were always McCoy-colored. This warped perspective blinded the wearer to any good within the other clan—even the children.

I tremble to think that sometimes I may have slipped on a pair of some colored glasses that rather than aids my sight actually blinds me. I read the words in Revelation imploring the Ladocieans to buy eye-salve that they might see and realize how easy it is to think that we see when, in fact, we are blind.

Perspective is everything—someone has said. Indeed, the perspective we need is one far above the walls of flesh and prejudices of men; far above my friends and my enemies as well—the God-eye-view is what we need to pray fervently for!

Are there certain “KEY WORDS” that trigger blindness in us? Do we allow an enemy to blind us of the good about him? Do we let our puny human emotions of pride prevent us from clear sight? Does “our clan” prevent us from seeing rightly “their clan?”

“How do you see?” Asked Jesus to the man that just received his sight. “I see men as trees walking.” He replied. And Jesus touched him again—and he saw all men clearly. I, for one, need God to touch my eyes—again—and again so that I can see all men clearly.

Elder James Groce


4 thoughts on “Oh Say, Can You See?

  1. Hi Carol! This subject has come up a lot the last couple of days. I do constantly pray for God to help me to truly see. Surely, His ways are not our ways. There can be so many things along the path that obstruct and cloud our view. Our spiritual vision can be affected so easily and subtly too. It’s definitely something to be mindful of and to pray about w/o ceasing.

    Thanks for this post.

    Hi Janet. It’s good to hear from you! This is certainly something to pray about often, because it is so easy to let hurts or preconceived ideas obscure our vision. Thanks for stopping by today. 🙂

  2. This is something I need to work on when it comes to certain people who have hurt me in the past. I find myself thinking that there couldn’t possibly be anything good about them. That is wrong, of course. Thanks for the gentle reminder.
    Hi Kweenmama. I appreciate your honesty here. Sometimes it is hard to see the good in someone when we feel like they have hurt us, but that’s when we need God to help us to forgive and see them through the eyes of that forgiveness. That is sometimes easier said than done, but with God, it is possible. Thanks for stopping by today.

  3. Why is it so hard to forgive others ?

    Usually because we believe that they are 92% to blame for the problem , that I am not as bad as they are .

    So .. I start to carry the load of other people’s actions . If my ego is too hurt , I will have the sense of correction of justice ; I know I am right , ” That is not fair ” .

    But if I start to forgive from the heart , sincerely , then this kind of feeling and attitude begins to dissolve.
    I bloged about this

    Hi Zing. I just went over and read your post. Appreciated what you shared. May God help us to manifest a forgiving spirit when we feel we have been wronged.

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