Linda Wood Rondeau

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Perceptual Blindness
10/1/2018 3:56:00 PM by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Do you suffer from perpetual blindness?

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:“In repentance and rest is your salvation,in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it”(Isaiah 30:15 NIV).

I watch  shoppers as they meander through the store, unable to put their cells away. Their inattentiveness creates a plethora of risks—an unwatched child climbs precariously out of the cart, or a shopper veers a corner and slams into an elderly woman who could not get out of the way fast enough.

I’ve been hit many times by the inattentive shopper. Sometimes, instead of, “I’m sorry, “ I’m told, “Watch where you’re going,” as if the accident were my fault. I say, “Oh! I’m sorry if I got in the way of your phone conversation.”

    After a sheepish grin, the offender then disconnect and   and, with an apology, pockets the phone.

     Inattentiveness costs Americans millions in related accidents or poor workmanship. Sadly our culture has become accustomed to the lump on the ear, rudeness, and short tempers. Of course cell phones are not the only source of a distracted society. We fill our days, like our plates, with more than we can consume. We are sleep deprived and brain weary

Priscilla Shirer writes about a similar condition, perhaps the culmination of continual distraction … perceptual blindness. We see, but what we see does not register until we’ve collided with the object.

The magician understands the inability of the human mind to be in tune with every stimuli they encounter and has perfected the art of distraction. Keep the audience focused on something else other than what the illusionist is actually doing.

We laugh as the comedian, head down, rams into a closed door. When watching a television show, how often have we been fooled and uttered the famous words, “I didn’t see that coming?”

However, the damage inattentiveness does

to our spiritual well-being is no laughing matter.

We don’t see the descending wrecking ball, Satan’s deceptions, because our eyes are glued on the carpet stain … other people’s faults.

Spiritual perceptual blindness is the inability to react to the harm coming our way.

Our senses are dulled by overstimulation resulting in shorted-out brain waves. We tumble into gullies and clefts because we missed God’s warning signs.

God calls to us, “Put down humankind’s inventions. Look up, and let me guide you into rest and repentance.”

 

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