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O Say, Can You See?

As I get older, I realize that I am not always as observant as I was in my earlier days.  Don’t misunderstand me.  I can see the primary things around me just fine.  It is just that there are times that it seems I don’t see things happening around me like I once did.  Most often, the malady hits me when I am riding with someone and they will ask, “Did you see that?”  More often than not, my answer is “No”.  Then, the response I most often hear is, “How could you have missed it?”

It seems that “sight” disorder is more of a wide spread problem in today’s society than we want to admit.  Our actual vision is fine in most cases.  The problem is that we are oblivious to needs that are glaringly vivid right before our eyes.  Our preoccupation, distractions, and lack of observation is startling.  How many times are folks shocked to learn that a couple next door were having serious problems?  How many news interviews are with the neighbors of terrorists and they never appeared to have any violent intent?  And, how many children live in real fear of parental abuse, and we just don’t’ see the signs?

In 1992, a Los Angeles County parking control officer came upon a brown El Dorado Cadillac illegally parked next to the curb on street-sweeping day.  The officer dutifully wrote out a ticket. Ignoring the man seated at the driver’s wheel, the officer reached inside the open car window and placed the $30 citation on the dashboard.  The driver of the car made no excuses. No argument ensued and with good reason. The driver of the car had been shot in the head ten to twelve hours before but was sitting up, stiff as a board, slumped slightly forward, with blood on his face. He was dead.  The officer, preoccupied with ticket-writing, was unaware of anything out of the ordinary. He got back in his car and drove away.  Many people around us are ‘dead in transgressions and sins.’ What should catch our attention most is their need, not their offenses. They don’t need a citation; they need a Savior.” (Copied).

Spiritual blindness is the most serious of all.  Today’s Christian’s are so busy with life, family, jobs, church, sports, community events, and travel that we fail to consider the people we see daily as living with no spiritual life at all.  This generation around us acts the way they do because though they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21).

A song that we sang years ago in church made an impact on me then so much so that I find myself humming often now….

Every day they pass me by, I can see it in their eyes.
Empty people filled with care, Headed who knows where?
On they go through private pain, Living fear to fear.
Laughter hides their silent cries, Only Jesus hears.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.  At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.