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Do You See Me Now? (31)
Christopher B. Harbin
It is often difficult for us to actually see what is before us. We look at the world around us, but see more of what we expect and less of the reality that faces us. It is a problem the world over. It has been a problem since the beginning of human history. We interpret the physical reality of the world in ways that have been explained to us far beyond the limits of those explanations. We judge the people we see according to our prejudices instead of pausing to understand who they really are. When we come face to face with the failure of our expectations, it can be very jarring to all we think we know for certain.
As children, we relish the ever-changing world with all kinds of wonder, new ideas to discover, and new perspectives racing to us time and time again. Our lives are filled with the wonder of new leaves in spring, caterpillars spinning cocoons, leaves changing color in the fall, and snow slowly descending to earth. We wonder about the moon and stars. We try to make sense of changing seasons. We struggle to learn to throw, catch, kick, and hit balls. We learn new rules to new games, as well as the textures and flavors of new foods. Life is a journey of learning and discover, and along the way some lessons have to be set aside as we learn new ones.
As we age, however, we try to settle into what we have established as the norms of life that should no longer change. That is where we begin to experience our greatest difficulties. Even the wisest of us continue to be surprised at the extend of the continual need to rethink what we have come to believe and trust. Whether we are three, fifteen, twenty-eight, or seventy-nine, there is still more world to discover, new meaning to piece together, and old understandings to leave by the wayside.
That is where the disciples found themselves once more on their last night with Jesus. As had happened so often before, Jesus star ...
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