Aside from the Bible, there is a saying that goes “we cannot see the forest for the trees.” It’s just as enigmatic. How can we look but not see it?
An example for the secular would be staring right at something you’re looking for and not seeing it. I’ve done that. It’s usually my glasses or my car keys. I don’t think I’m alone, and it does help give an insight to what is meant in the scriptures.
What does it mean? There are two things I see here. The first is that not everyone who attends church lives according to God’s word. It takes more than an hour or two in a pew to change us into what God wants us to be. I’ve never personally met anyone like that, but I’ve been told they are out there.
The second is that we can become so distracted by what’s going on around us we don’t take the time to read and understand the Bible. We don’t take the time to listen to a pastor. This is something that can happen to all of us. I have to admit that there have been a few times I’ve caught myself thinking more about what we were going to do after church than I was about what the pastor was saying.
How can we act on this problem? It is individual. We each have to decide to change and then change. The deciding part is easy. In my case, when I find my mind wandering I try to force it back to understanding what I’m reading and comprehending what I’m hearing. As I said, it isn’t easy, especially if the subject being discussed isn’t one I’m fond of (which usually means I need to listen closely).
Eyes of love: This is the most important part of seeing what we look at. It’s easy to look through people. It’s easy to ignore things. If we don’t see them, maybe they don’t exist. That’s not a Christian attitude. Instead, we need to look around us with love. We need to appreciate what we read in the Bible.
Once our eyes are opened there is a lot to see. We can see the struggles of a young family. We can take care of our homeless. We can reach out to the depressed. We need to look *and* see.