“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~
When people say that they “see” something, they may mean radically different things. For one person, “seeing” something might be quite literal: they visualize something through their own eyesight. Someone else might say that they “see” something and really mean that they can conceptualize something in their thoughts. Another person might claim to “see” something but they are seeing through their hands and fingers because they are blind.
We all see differently. I think that is at the heart of Proust’s quote. We need to be able to see through all of our senses in order to appreciate our world. When we see with our heart, we are more keen to the plight of those around us. When we see through our failures, are are able to empathize with those who fail as well and have a hard time recovering from their failure. When we see through our weakness, we are able to be open to the aid that others around us might be attempting to give to us.
We need to view our world with as many senses and experiences as possible. In that way, we will be able to see God who, we might believe, is hiding in plain sight. Often, we fail to see God at work in our lives because we are not using the correct set of “eyes”.
Don’t become so frustrated in your faith life that you quit looking for God and asking for God’s direction. He is right there with you. Instead of giving up, ask Him for the grace to see Him more clearly. When you do so, you might be quite surprised at how much the world around you opens up.
FAITH ACTION: Ask God to help you to see the world and all who live in it through His eyes rather than your own.