Thursday, March 12, 2009

Another chuckle on being observant, and how we aren't

This was suggested to me by reader Pam Siegfried. (Thanks, Pam!)

But this is pure chuckles... and a bit thought-provoking. Unfortunately, it's a video that doesn't allow "embedding" (i.e. I can't post it directly here), so you'll have to go to YouTube to see it.

This reminded me of the other video I put up about how observant we aren't, and some implications for Biblical exegesis. (Thanks to faithful readers Missionaries in La Ceiba, Honduras, for jogging my memory).

It's a challenge. Of course, our default setting is unobservant in the most fatal way. We're born into a universe with God's fingerprints all over it, signposts to His glory everywhere (Psalm 8:1-4; 19:1-6). What's more, inside, we know it — but we suppress that knowledge (Romans 1:18-25). It doesn't serve our drive to put ourselves in God's throne (Romans 3:11-12). We're blinded (Ephesians 4:17-19). We insist that we don't see any sign of God... as we hold our hands over our eyes.

When God draws us to Himself in Christ, He gives life to our dead spirits and sight to our blind eyes (Ephesians 2:1-10; 4:20-24).

But that doesn't mean we're "done"!

We — Christians! — are continually needy. That is, we continually need to humble ourselves before God, to pray that He opens our eyes to see what's before us (Psalm 119:18), to open the eyes of our understanding to what we have in Christ (Ephesians 1:15-23), to reward our thoughtful study with understanding we'd not otherwise have (2 Timothy 2:7).

Otherwise, we're just as easily distracted and duped as the folks we're chuckling at, in that video.


Shinar Squirrel said...

Oh, that video is just classic. I do wonder how many times they got "caught" that ended up on the cutting room floor -- Not as many times as we'd expect, I'm sure.

Your point is well said, also.

The Squirrel

Missionaries in La Ceiba, Honduras said...

Unbelieveable! And the link you are looking for is the Awareness Test - at this link:

DJP said...


Aaron said...

I like the response he got once to "do you know the area?" Response: "No." I wonder how many times people were unwilling to help.

Awareness substantially decreases when you are under stress. Man's typical response (as well as those of predators) is to focus narrowly. In firearms, we frequently talk about tunnel vision.

NoLongerBlind said...

"We — Christians! — are continually needy."

Amen Dan, and we need to continually remind ourselves - and be reminded by public service-minded blog-posts! - of the fact.

In addition to the scripture references you cited, one of my favorites is:

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3:14-19

Enjoy the conference tomorrow. Looking forward to your "live, on the scene" reports!

P.S. usual word verification:

(Can you) saysin?

NoLongerBlind said...

P.P.S. Make that Unusual word verification!