Monday, May 17, 2010

Do we look or see?

I mentioned in an earlier post that I have been reading about one of our cameras, and learning some basics about photography. The chapter I just finished was about "Finding and Composing a Photo." I expected the beginning of the chapter to be about framing an image, or focusing correctly, or something else technical.

Instead, the author talking about learning to see again. His theory is that we fail to find really good pictures because we don't know how to look for them. He says the older we are, the more we know about our environment, so the more our brains will edit out of the picture in our minds. For example, when you are looking for your keys, you will miss them when they are sitting on your desk, because your brain knows what is on your desk, and it edits down the contents to small amounts of information. We miss them, because we know what should be there. I imagine we've all done that with proof-reading. We know what the text should, so that's what we read.

I have a feeling it is the same with God. We know what we should see in the world, so when we look, that is what we see. We fail to see God, because we don't expect him. We have to retrain our eyes; retrain our minds, to see the presence of God.



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