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Last year I took a Cognitive Psychology course. It was the first time I had heard the term, "inattentional blindness." According to Scholarpedia, "inattentional blindness is the failure to notice a fully-visible, but unexpected object because attention was engaged on another task, event, or object." One of the most famous experiments done to show inattentional blindness is called, "the invisible gorilla" and if you are interested you can follow this link which will help explain the term.
I was surprised how an object as big and black and hairy as a gorilla was not noticed. Do our brains really do that? Can we be so focused on a task or event or object that we don't even see when a gorilla enters the situation we are in? Science has proven this to be true. We are looking but not seeing. Have you ever used the idiom "He can't see for looking" in reference to someone who looks for an item and it is right in front of them but for some reason they can't see it? I guess it's like that--and we laugh at the familiarity of the experience.
That brings me to God's verse for me for 2016. In December I started reading the book of John, with the idea of studying Jesus' specific "I am" metaphors. I didn't even get through chapter one before three words jumped out at me--words spoken by Jesus in John 1:39 and then by Philip in verse 46. These words are, "Come and See."
This is the reverse of inattentional blindness and the reverse of, "He can't see for looking." God is like the gorilla in the experiment. (I said He's "LIKE" the gorilla, not that He "IS" the gorilla.) His presence is in the midst of whatever situation we find ourselves in. He is moving in our midst, sometimes banging His chest, trying to get us to take our focus off of our circumstances and to SEE Him there, wanting us to not look past Him or around Him or even through Him. He also wants us to stop looking for answers in the circumstances but instead to see Jesus in them and put our eyes on Him.
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Wow. What an opportunity. I am both anxious and excited but I believe this is part of God's will for me this year. Jesus is reaching out His hand and I am taking it.
So, I have a direction with my writing but in other aspects of my life, I don't know where we are going, Jesus and I. However, I will follow the One I am learning more about from the book of John. I am excited to be a witness to His working and a witness in proclaiming His glory. I want to keep my eyes on the "gorilla" in the room.
Heb. 12: 2. "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."