Sometimes we don’t see things clearly when we see them for the first time. Sometimes we simply need to take a second look to see what’s right in front of us. Optical illusions are a great example of this – check out this video for 3 different optical illusions that sometimes require a second look.
When we feel stuck, we tend to focus on what’s right in front of us – typically this is the problem or what’s wrong. Sometimes we have to focus on what’s wrong so we can make right out of what’s wrong. Sometimes we have to focus on what’s wrong, because we are the reason what’s wrong is wrong. But sometimes when we focus on what’s wrong, we miss what’s right in front of us beyond what’s wrong.
Part 4 (Finding Focus) of CCC’s Stuck? series focused in on an encounter Jesus and his followers had with a guy who had been blind since birth. This encounter led Jesus’ followers to ask a question and receive an answer that blew the assumption they held out of the water.
Check out the encounter in John 9:1-3 (verse 41 if you want the fuller story) and the next step of considering the following questions about seeing what’s right in front of us when we can’t see what’s right in front of us.
- Is there an “optical illusion” you just can’t see no matter how many times you look at it? If so, what is it?
- Why do you think we see things differently when we take a second look at them?
- Why do you think Jesus’ followers asked the question they did?
- What is the assumption that lies underneath their question about who sinned?
- When we feel stuck (or things don’t make sense), why do we want to uncover a reason for the circumstances?
- In what ways is this challenging when there is no explainable reason for the circumstances?
- When we feel stuck, why do we need someone to blame?
- In what ways is this challenging when there is no one specifically to blame for the circumstances?
- In what ways is it healthy to ask the “why did this happen” and “who’s to blame” questions?
- In what ways is it unhealthy to ask those same questions?
- How do you respond to Jesus’ answer that neither the blind man or his parents sinned?
- What next steps will you take to see God at work right in front of you?
When we feel stuck, we want to know a reason why we are in the circumstances. When we feel stuck, we want someone to blame. But sometimes there is no explainable reason or anyone to blame. What there always is in “feeling stuck” circumstances is God right in front of us working to make right out of what seems so wrong – even if we can’t see what’s right in front of us.
Today is Monday – make it a day you see God working right in front of you – even when you feel stuck.