Lately I’ve been reading novels that are reworked from popular fairytales. What has struck me is how the protagonists are oblivious to the obvious. Like the common girl who meets a mysterious man in an enchanted woods who is obviously the crown prince. As the reader, I had it figured out in the first part of the book, where as, she was shocked when she finally found out in the second to last chapter.
Maybe you’ve watched a movie and experienced the same knowing feeling. You know they shouldn’t go into the basement or into that dark alley. Maybe you’ve even shouted at the tv.
I find myself thinking – are they really that blind? It’s so obvious!
But then I wondered – what would I think if I were in that situation? Would my own feelings cloud my perception?
It seems clear, when we are an objective observer. It’s the same reason counseling helps people who are too overwhelmed by their problems and emotions.
For this post, I wanted to take it further. What was it like to live in Jesus time? Could they see the obvious? How would I respond? Here are two instances with two different sets of individuals needing explanations in order to see clearly. Take a minute to read these scriptures and think about what is was like for these men who hadn’t read to the end of the story.
Sometimes the obvious is clouded by our thoughts and circumstances. Sometimes we need an objective view, or the higher view of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, to explain it to us.
I want to think I would have had it all figured out, especially if I was there listening to Jesus, but only a few caught on that he was the Messiah, the Son of God, and one with the Father. In my last post I quoted this scripture: “We are careful not to judge people by what they seem to be, though we once judged Christ in this way.” (2 Cor. 5-16) Is this not a statement that the apostles’ view of Jesus was limited by their own beliefs?
So what is my takeaway for today? Be patient with those who haven’t figured out what you know to be true. Be ready to share your insights when asked, but share them with love in your heart.