We all see things differently. For example think of an everyday object like a biro. You may not see it at all, because it’s not significant for you, or your mind is so absorbed in chewing on something that you are simply not clocking your immediate surroundings. It may be the colour you see, or that fact that the end is chewed, or the tube inside is half empty. Perhaps you notice the brand, or that the top is missing, or it reminds you of a pen you once had. I could go on.
All these points of view are valid, and they say something about us as well as what we are looking at.
But it is a pen. And it is there, being ‘penny,’ whether you appreciate it or not.
A person is not the same as a pen, but we can have the same range of reactions and perceptions to other individuals.
I guess we think of Jesus as knowing everything about us and seeing everything. But in a way, that’s like him seeing nothing, because it doesn’t impact us. Jesus tended to see something specific when he met people, and when individuals engaged with what he could see, they experienced freedom so revolutionary it could be labelled ‘life.’
One of God’s gifts to us is to enable us to see people the way Jesus does, to impart his love in the same way.
Look and See.