Wait and See What Develops

Random Ramblings from the Resident Raptor
Insight from the Journey across the Sky
By Allen Scott

As they came to Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus. They begged Jesus to touch him. Jesus took the blind man’s hand and led him out of the village. He spit into the man’s eyes and placed his hands on him. Jesus asked him, “Can you see anything?” The man looked up and said, “I see people. They look like trees walking around.” Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes a second time, and the man saw clearly. His sight was normal again. He could see everything clearly even at a distance. Mark 8:22-25 (GW)

The box-type camera was developed in the late 19th century and marketed under many names, but most successfully by Eastman Kodak Co. as the "Brownie". George Eastman took the simple operation of the box camera, combined it with a name and an advertising campaign that would appeal to children, sold it for a dollar and made millions.

These basic cameras where very simple to use and took surprisingly good pictures as can be seen in this picture taken in 1981 with a "Brownie" camera. Kodak was the leader in amateur photography for many years and basically controlled the market on film cameras.

Although film cameras were able to take excellent pictures and are still being used today one little girl who wished to see her vacation pictures sooner rather than later preyed on the mind of the girl’s father. Edwin Land pondered his daughter’s idea and started to work on a process to combine the film and the processing into one easy step.  Eventually the Polaroid One Step camera came into existence and instant photography was birthed.

Edwin Herbert Land
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The process developed by Land required special film which contained the chemicals needed to develop the picture once it was pulled from the camera. Pinch rollers were placed in the base of the camera which would squeeze the chemicals out of its storage pouch and spread them evenly across the picture. During the development process the film could not be exposed to direct sunlight or the whole picture would turn black and become unusable.

Land’s instant picture camera became all the rage. Traditional film cameras where under heavy competition to give their users quicker results which led Kodak to introduce their own brand of instant cameras which later proved a violation of Polaroid’s patients and had to be discontinued. Later the one hour photo studios started to dot the landscape in attempts to get pictures into the hands of the consumer quicker. But nothing could compete with INSTANT.

Film cameras started to decline in use as the Digital Photography age started to advance. With the advent of digital imaging Land’s daughter’s original hope and desire to see her vacation pictures right away was finally realized. Photographers no longer had to wait and see what developed, they could see instantly what the camera saw. Instant cameras now meant just that instant pictures.

The operation of a camera can be likened to the operation of the human eye, with the camera lens resembling the eye’s lens, the shutter resembling the eyelid, and the film resembling the retina, and apertures can be likened to the iris of the eye, which controls the amount of light that transfers to the retina.

Our Mark passage paints a picture of Jesus healing a blind man. The narrative goes into great detail describing the process Jesus used to develop the picture we later see as a miracle. He starts off by spitting in the man’s face and places his hands on him and asked him if he could see anything.

The blind man responds back that yes indeed an image was starting to develop and it appeared to him like trees walking. The image was not yet clear, the development process had not yet been complete, but the blind man was able to see a fuzzy picture. So then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes a second time and the blind man was able to see things clearly this time. The development process was complete. The picture was fully developed and the image could clearly be seen.

How might this same scene play out in a digital age? How do you suppose this miracle would be viewed in our age of instant results? How do you suppose the blind man would react in today’s hurry-up world? Do you suppose the blind man would have waited for the second touch or walked away in disgust because the first process did not work? Had it taken a week or more to see the final picture developed and it came out fuzzy how do you suppose the blind man would have felt? Even if it took an hour to develop the picture and it came out fuzzy do you suppose the blind man would have rejoiced in the finished product? Prior to digital cameras a bad picture or a poorly developed one would have had to be discarded it could not be retaken because by the time the picture came back from the lab the scene which it depicted was already past.

This is what made the Polaroid camera so appealing. The fact that you could get almost instant results and if the picture turned out to be bad you had another opportunity to retake the scene and try again. Not so with the "Brownie".

The blind man was not left with a fuzzy image he could not use but rather Jesus retook the picture and developed it into a fully functional, full color, completely clear image which was gladly received by the blind man. Jesus made sure the picture was clear before he left the blind man to continue his ministry. Can you imagine  what kind of a testimony the blind man would have given Jesus if he was left with partial sight. Yes partial sight is better than no sight but how would the blind man relate the scene? Would others look at a fuzzy picture and praise the photographer? Would a developer of film win awards for fuzzy pictures coming out of his lab every day? I doubt that very much.

Jesus took his time and showed great love and compassion for the blind man by making sure that the picture he saw was the best it could be. I fear though that in today’s fast paced digital age we have lost our patience and require instantaneous results and instant gratification. We desire that all goes well and if we run into a problem we expect to get immediate answers to our problems. We do not desire to wait and see what develops.

Unfortunately that is not how things work in the kingdom of God. We read in 1 Cor 13:12 (AMP)

12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [ by God].

A scan of a filmstrip made by me of shots I took.
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It takes time to get to know God. It takes time to develop our senses and abilities to see and understand the fullness of God’s ways and purposes. It takes time to develop truth. We must wait until Jesus reveals himself to us in order for us to fully comprehend and fully see the picture God is trying to paint for us and for our lives. We are like that blind man when first touched by Jesus. He was able to see but not clearly. He experienced improvement but was not completely cured. He saw advancement toward the goal but had not yet arrived at the hoped for destination. He saw the picture starting to develop much like a Polaroid picture. But he had to be touched again in order to see things clearly.

We can not be hasty in our assessment of the way we see things. We need to inquire more deeply of God and ask for clearer vision in order to judge things rightly. Or wait until you can see the forest for the trees before you attempt to maneuver through the jungle of judgment. Do not act hastily before you have had the time to really assess the situation and fact check it for truth.

1  “Stop judging so that you will not be judged.
2  Otherwise, you will be judged by the same standard you use to judge others. The standards you use for others will be applied to you.
3 So why do you see the piece of sawdust in another believer’s eye and not notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
4 How can you say to another believer, ‘Let me take the piece of sawdust out of your eye,’ when you have a beam in your own eye?
5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye. Then you will see clearly to remove the piece of sawdust from another believer’s eye. Matt 7:1-5 (GW)

It certainly is wise therefore to make sure you are seeing things clearly before you attempt to guide someone else, or for that matter even lead yourself around. It would be very  difficult for the blind man to walk through a forest if all he could see were shadows. But once he was able to see clearly his navigational abilities increased as well. Oh yes he could have maneuvered prior to the second touch, but how much nicer is it to actually see clearly?

Yes we live in an age of instant pictures, microwave meals, and 5 second soundbytes but what we really need is clear sightedness and that takes time to develop. So wait and see what develops before you leap to conclusions.

That being said, the scripture does go on to say that once you can see clearly then you are to proceed to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. It did not say leave it there. It did not say to not do anything, it simply states to make sure you can see clearly before you attempt to point out someone else’s problems.

There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

39 Jesus also gave them this illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t both fall into the same pit? Luke 6:39 (GW)

26 The Spirit said: ‘Go to these people and say, “You will hear clearly but never understand. You will see clearly but never comprehend.
27 These people have become close-minded and hard of hearing. They have shut their eyes so that their eyes never see. Their ears never hear. Their minds never understand. And they never turn to me for healing.”’ Acts 28:26-27 (GW)

There is a blindness that is self-inflicted. A blindness of understanding or a refusal to see what is right before our eyes. There is a blindness that stubborn people cling to and act as if they can actually see. They have shunned all instruction and refuse to be led. They go about pretending to be enlightened (able to see) and yet they stumble along in darkness. These are those who put their trust in riches and idols made in the image of man.  They refuse to acknowledge God and the wisdom that comes from God. They have chosen for themselves other gods which they can control and who bow down to worship themselves. They have set themselves up as gods and puff themselves up with self-importance. These are those to which Jesus says are blind guides leading blind people and all will fall in a ditch.

The current state of the Union would indicate blind leadership. The decisions that are being made are examples of foolish people trying to appease their idol gods. They are making sacrifices to these non-gods and as a result leading all the people over a cliff of destruction. Those of us who are able to see must do all we can to turn as many as possible from following their pernicious ways.

1 False prophets were among God’s people {in the past}, as false teachers will be among you. They will secretly bring in their own destructive teachings. They will deny the Lord, who has bought them, and they will bring themselves swift destruction. 2 Many people will follow them in their sexual freedom and will cause others to dishonor the way of truth. 3 In their greed they will use good-sounding arguments to exploit you. The verdict against them from long ago is still in force, and their destruction is not asleep. 4 God didn’t spare angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, where he has secured them with chains of darkness and is holding them for judgment. 5 God didn’t spare the ancient world either. He brought the flood on the world of ungodly people, but he protected Noah and seven other people. Noah was his messenger who told people about the kind of life that has God’s approval. 6 God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed them by burning them to ashes. He made those cities an example to ungodly people of what is going to happen to them.
7 Yet, God rescued Lot, a man who had his approval. Lot was distressed by the lifestyle of people who had no principles and lived in sexual freedom. 8 Although he was a man who had God’s approval, he lived among the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Each day was like torture to him as he saw and heard the immoral things that people did. 9 Since the Lord did all this, he knows how to rescue godly people when they are tested. He also knows how to hold immoral people for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow their corrupt nature along the path of impure desires and who despise the Lord’s authority. These false teachers are bold and arrogant. They aren’t afraid to insult the {Lord’s} glory. 11 Angels, who have more strength and power than these teachers, don’t bring an insulting judgment against them from the Lord. 12 These false teachers insult what they don’t understand. They are like animals, which are creatures of instinct that are born to be caught and killed. So they will be destroyed like animals 13 and lose what their wrongdoing earned them. These false teachers are stains and blemishes. They take pleasure in holding wild parties in broad daylight. They especially enjoy deceiving you while they eat with you. 14 They’re always looking for an adulterous woman. They can’t stop looking for sin as they seduce people who aren’t sure of what they believe. Their minds are focused on their greed. They are cursed. 2 Peter 2:1-14 (GW)

The End is Near
Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr

There are many who would cry aloud. Give it time, give it a chance, wait and see what develops. Well my friends I have some bad news for you. The road this leadership is taking is a road that has been traveled many times before. History is full of the ruined lives found along this pathway. There is much misery and pain along this highway which we are speeding along. It really does not require much understanding to know that the road we are on is a road which leads to a dead end. Literally!

All the signs are indicating danger ahead. There are plenty of road signs warning of bridge out. There are barricades set in place from our founding fathers to keep others from going down that road. And yet here we are racing along at breakneck speed down the very road that was declared unsafe by others who have traveled that road before.

We have seen this movie before. These scenes have already played in theaters around the world. This picture has been fully developed not only in black and white but also in color. This story has been told time and time again. And yet those who refuse to see turn and rail against others who have sight. This is the blind optometrist trying to give an eye exam.

Listen up my friends and countrymen. This group of blind guides are leading you astray. They do not care about you or your family. They are only interested in appeasing their gods of greed, lust and pride. They have a one track mind and anyone who opposes them are marked for destruction. Yet oppose them I will, and I will continue to cry aloud in the  streets for the foolish to turn from their foolish ways and return to God who will be quick to pardon and ready to forgive.

Let all who have an ear hear what the Spirit is saying. Let all who can see, see and understand so that you can escape their sure destruction.

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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