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 Seeing with New Eyes


Q.  Can you talk about the importance of our “not seeing” (loss of vision) today and our feeling of despair?

A. Let’s Talk! I recently heard an interesting fact about the Titanic. If a certain key had been present to unlock the ship’s binoculars, the Titanic might not have sunk. Vision is huge. Here is the story about the key from The Telegraph website*:

It is thought to have fitted the locker that contained the crow’s nest binoculars, vital in detecting threats to the liner lurking in the sea in the pre-sonar days of 1912.

Catastrophically for the Titanic and the 1,522 lives lost with her, the key’s owner, Second Officer David Blair, was removed from the crew at the last minute and in his haste forgot to hand it to his replacement.

Without access to the glasses, the lookouts in the crow’s nest were forced to rely on their eyes and only saw the iceberg when it was too late to take action.

One, Fred Fleet, who survived the disaster, later told the official inquiry into the tragedy that if they had had binoculars they would have seen the obstacle sooner.

* “Key that could have saved the Titanic,” The Telegraph, by Graham Tibbetts, retrieved August 9, 2013.

We do need physical sight, as evidenced by this story and more, but we really require spiritual sight or insight even more.

Ann Voscamp, in her book, A Thousand Gifts, has taught me another way to “see.” I won’t do the book justice, but a summary is that we must have gratitude for every glimpse in our mind’s eye. A soap bubble. A child’s laugh. Maybe we can train ourselves to see what is in front of us in new ways. This gratitude is an antidote for despair.

Looking at our trials from God’s view or vision instead of our own is “the key!”

 Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” We are so trained to see things from a human, earthly and physical viewpoint that we forget God’s perspective – the REAL and important one, though invisible to our eyes! Ask God to “show” you in your mind’s eyes His truth today for whatever is difficult. Look up!


For Deeper Reflection

Read Proverbs 2: 1 – 12             


Helen B. McIntosh has a doctorate in counseling psychology and is a national board certified professional counselor and certified in reality therapy. An educator for 19 years, Dr. McIntosh is an author, a highly demanded national speaker and inventor of the Peace Rug®, an international curriculum for conflict resolution.

You can contact me confidentially at DrHelen@braveandresilient.com.