Charlie responded to yesterday’s Catch so as to make me want to pass it on to you. He has done extensive research on the right brain and saw, in my engagement with a picture I thought I would never be able to use, that the intuitive part of me knew there was something deeper to be experienced through that picture than to discard it as not useful to me.
By the way, that Catch unfolded just as you read it: I began writing in an attempt to find that deeper thing, even though I thought I wouldn’t be able to use the picture. It wasn’t until the very end that I figured out how to post the picture. That’s why I put it at the end instead of the beginning, like I usually do. I wanted you to go through the same process I went through. Charlie went through that process and made some further reflections I want to share with you today…
Your narrative got to me before the picture did and I found it emotionally engaging. I think that this letter is one of your very best, because it is so effective by engaging the mind. I wanted to see the picture, when I couldn’t. And isn’t that odd for you? It was right in front of you all this time. And you had the right brain intuition to keep it, but didn’t know why.
I, just a moment ago, discovered the Contacts in my computer program line in a more convenient place on my list of files that I can open in Outlook. It serves as a shortcut and will save me a total of a couple of hours over the course of the year. It is a minor treasure trove of a discovery, but it has been right in front of my nose all this time that I have been using a computer. Right in front of my nose looking out at me; yet, I didn’t see it.
Similar, though not identical to your story, and so much a part of the human condition, Jesus is right in front of us all the time; yet we don’t see Him. Some of us never see Him; but even those who do don’t see Him all the time.
We wouldn’t go out for a walk with our friend John or Charlie or Marti and not see that person, now, would we? Yet we all go for a walk without realizing that He is with us, without it being at the forefront of our mind, like those two all along the Road to Emmaus…
Yes, we are all blind, but we all have intuition, and we would do well to follow it more often. It is where the Spirit talks to us. So much left brain Christian teaching that you can outline, copy and take notes on. Such an attempt to control — to have a reason for everything. Still there’s that picture we keep on our laptop and don’t know why. Jesus has so much He wants to show us.
Where to begin?