Jesus said (to the disciples), “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all? Don’t you understand yet?” – Mark 8:16-21
This is another “later in the day” post! The good news is that I have writing due for actual editors, and this morning I needed to finish one of those “bought and paid for” articles before I could turn my attention to this blog.
CLARITY: Today’s opening photograph comes from yesterday’s round of golf. I’m still in awe of the North Carolina topography, and the opportunity to see new vistas and have fun at the same time is priceless.
The full fall colors aren’t quite in evidence, but what’s making late October so amazing is how clear the air is, and how good it feels to be outside.
Clarity is a good word for how I’m experiencing life right now, and this week I’ve been reminded of how important it is to do everything we can to keep the view uncluttered and our vision clear. Because sometimes the reason we’re in a fog is nothing more than the clouded lenses we’re looking through, and the only way to deal with that is to open our eyes and apply the necessary elbow grease.
Case in point, Maul-Hall. We’ve been so focused on the huge kitchen renovation that we’ve let some other important areas slip by. Last week I talked about making a dent in the rapidly multiplying (and increasingly aggressive) dust-bunny population; well this week we’ve turned our attention to the windows.
Oh my goodness! Ever since I had that falling-out (almost literally!) with the extension ladder I’ve been trying to ignore the upstairs windows. Then the amazing fall weather caused me to open one to let the breeze blow through, but I immediately had to close and retreat due to the mass of spider webs, dirt, pine-straw, leaves, and debris.
I pulled up the blinds, took a serious look, and immediately called a professional cleaning service. They took care of the roof, the gutters, and all the outsides of the upstairs windows. That, in turn, caused us to do our part and clean the downstairs windows, the doors, the sills, the casements, and the screens.
And what’s remarkable – to me – is how readily and easily we get used to a having a compromised view. But Jesus is always in the business of challenging each one of us to take whatever steps are necessary to see more clearly.
You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear? Don’t you remember anything at all? read Mark 8:16-21
But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. – Matthew 13:16
‘When they look, they won’t really see.
When they hear, they won’t understand.’ – Luke 8:10