The Magnificence of the Eye and the Eye of the Beholder

Compliments of the Telegraph.

The human eye is incredible and far more complex than science has understood so far. There is so much about the eye to study that great universities are spending mass quantities of time studying each portion and when they get past each section of the eye they still have to figure out the complexity of the eye communicating with the brain.

I was pondering today the process of sight. The light enters the eye through the cornea, the clear “window” of the eye. The cornea has a refractive power that bends the light rays in such a way that they pass freely through the pupil, the opening in the center of the iris through which light enters the eye. The iris works like a shutter in a camera, scientists say, it has the ability to enlarge and shrink depending on how much light is entering the eye. After passing through the iris, the light  passes through the eye’s natural crystalline lens and does it’s work there and then through a transparent gel-like substance called the vitreous.

In a normal eye, the light rays come to a sharp focus point on the retina and everything then processes into light impulses through millions of tiny nerve endings and then sent to the optic nerve and so on and so on and so on. However, if there is damage to the cornea, or an irregularity then the light rays enter at different angles and the images are blurred or distorted. The picture is skewed. 

The person or thing is not skewed. It is the perception of the image that is skewed. It is in the eye of the beholder that is mistaken or damaged.

As I marvel at the magnificence of the human eye I see a parallel of the eye and our perceptions of life. If we were abused, emotionally damaged through neglect or any such way as a child, our sight can be slightly damaged, slightly skewed. If we have been hurt and built walls, we can view others as always capable of becoming an intruder, one who can hurt us. We protect at all costs. If we did not have parents who knew how to protect us or chose not to protect us we often have a difficult time believing that God really wants the best for me even if it makes me uncomfortable. Or maybe our parents were good friends but never set healthy boundaries. This creates a whole other diseased perception of life. There are so many reasons our “cornea” has been damaged.

The good news is: I know a Healer who wants to restore and mend every nick and scar so that we can see through undamaged eyes. 

Even our illnesses and injustices in this life can be seen with a different perspective. When He says, “My plans for you are for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”, you can believe Him! When He says, “I will work all things for good for those who love me and are called according to My purpose”, YOU CAN believe Him! When He went to the cross for you and bore your iniquities and bore your illnesses, we can believe that what He allows, He will use it for a far greater purpose than what we can fathom and grasp. His plan for us is for good.

My prayer for us today is that we see with healed perceptions of life, healed so that the light that shines in would reveal beauty in this sin struck world and that no matter what we face we would allow God to give us His vision and allow people in so that we can flourish as His Sons and Daughters.

Matthew 6:22-23

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

1 Thessalonians 5:5

“You are all sons and daughters of the light and of the day.We are not of the night or of darkness.”

Psalm 119:18

“Open my eyes that I may see…..”

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