My husband is a doubter – he doesn’t believe any of the stories I tell him about St Patrick, especially about St Patrick banishing all the snakes from Ireland. He has come up with a conspiracy theory, based upon watching me. You see it is very common for me to walk through the garden with Ramos and for me to step over a snake without seeing it. Many times Ramos will say to me ‘Watch out for the snake!’ and I’ll say, ‘What snake, there is no snake?’ Ramos now thinks that rather than banishing snakes from Ireland St Patrick blinded Irish people to the sight of snakes – he figures Ireland is crawling with snakes that we just step over. For Ramos stepping over a snake is impossible – thankfully he has managed to shake off the Malawian trait of killing every snake he sees, even if it is harmless. Instead he has compromise and merely flings them over the hedge into the neighbour’s garden!
What is your blind spot? What do you find hard to see? The disciples often struggled to see what was plain in front of them – the Son of God at work – and to understand what he is talking about.
Mark 8:14-21 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” 16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.” 17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. 20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” 21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
Jesus must have been frustrated at their blind spots, but recognising our weakness for seeing but missing what God is doing Jesus offers a salve:
Revelation 3:17-18 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Jesus, I don’t want to have a blind spot when it comes to understanding what God is doing – open my eyes so that I may see.