Week 24 Seeing is Believing
This year I have learned that if my ‘vision’ is clear my earthly experience will be full of light, but if it is not clear I will see darkness. Viewed through the wrong lens, I will see brambles instead of blackberries, offense instead of grace, fear instead of love. And I will even defend my belief that I am indeed seeing properly.
I know this is Truth, yet why don’t I see clearly?
I am still seeing through the wrong eye, distorted by beams of offense and grievance. In Luke 6:41 the Greek word for plank, log or beam is dokos. Dokos does not mean any old piece of wood and it does not mean log. It means a supporting timber. If I judge anything when I am not perceiving through light, I will judge wrongly because I support my judgment without the light of God’s Truth. My truth must be disassembled in order to see.
Jesus said if I follow Him, I will never walk in darkness. As I follow Him, I let go of old grievances against myself, others and even my Father; I tear down these supports that have defined my view of the Kingdom. But, as I follow the Light of the world, I become the light of the world. And suddenly my eye is full of light, the beam is gone and I can freely build on a foundation of Truth. Then I will be able to lovingly help others follow the Lord.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you proclaim to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to help remove the speck from your brother’s eye.