Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Maylan Schurch
Friday, March 15, 2019

If you listened carefully a few minutes back, you may have heard, from the direction of my house, (1) an agonized groan, and (2) a sharp tire-squealing sound.

The groan meant that a photo I had snapped this afternoon (Thursday) in a parking lot was out of focus. The tire-squealing sound was the intent of this Photo Parable rapidly changing direction. Because, yes indeed you can clearly see that the above photo is something you can not clearly see.

Fuzzy as the photo is, you can see that here’s one of my favorite sights—a car festooned with bumper stickers, and the more opinionated the better. Normally I only agree with 30% of the sticker-sentiments on cars like this, but I am overjoyed that their owners are vigorously exercising their right to express them.

So. What do I do now, when we can’t even read them? Here’s what I decided to do. Let’s pretend that the fuzziness is a lack of spiritual discernment, poor spiritual eyesight. Right there in the photo are many opinions, but we can’t see them clearly enough to evaluate them.

In His advice to one of Revelation’s seven churches, Jesus mentioned the dangers of poor spiritual eyesight, and suggested a solution. After telling the Laodicean church that they are “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked,” Jesus suggests that they anoint their eyes with eyesalve, so they could see (Revelation 3:14-18 NKJV).

An old gospel hymn turns the “sight” metaphor in a different—yet equally important—direction. Because some people simply go through life with their spiritual eyes closed.

Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

For several Bible texts about the power and work of the Holy Spirit, click the link immediately below: