Recently we visited Wheaton College, and I was very impressed by their entire program of study. We heard from many people and watched several presentations. One statement that stuck with me was from an art professor. She said that one of the basic foundations of their art program was teaching students how to see. She stressed the importance of learning how to see the world through a Biblical worldview and to represent that in their art work.
Her statement seemed simple, profound and based in God’s word regarding eyes that see and ears that hear. Art that points to our understanding of God and His will. A reminder of how so many people walk around with physical sight but no spiritual sight.
I am not very artistic, but I do love photography – capturing God’s creation – its beauty, diversity, the change in the seasons, the abundant variety of colors, even daily sunsets provide an opportunity for God to display what I call His “performance art”. Being a good photographer requires having “a good eye”. Knowing how to frame a photo, how important lighting is, and finding the right focal point. Telling a story through pictures. I want to have eyes to see and to be able to share God’s reality, both spiritual and physical, with everyone around me.
Doing a quick “bing” search for scriptures that relate to spiritual seeing, I quickly found the following verses. There are many more and I encourage you to ‘see’ for yourself.
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17
Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Mark 8:25
And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; Acts 9:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, Luke 4:18
This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Matthew 13:13-17