“And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored.” Acts 9:18
What do you see when you look at the image above? My initial response was a large insect looking directly at me. However, after spending a longer time staring, I see two people sitting around a campfire with smoke drifting away. Then again, it could be a view looking down on the handle bars of a motorcycle. The options seem endless.
In 1921, Hermann Rorschach published his research using a set of inkblots to determine a profile of people with schizophrenia. Years later, John E. Exner, Jr., would expand on Rorschach’s original work. He developed a new scoring system, which launched The Rorschach System into the mainstream of psychological study. Essentially, he changed the emphasis of the test from schizophrenia to a projective measure of personality. Or, in simpler terms, the Rorschach Test provides a picture of the psychology of the person taking it, to help understand the person’s past and future behavior.
Since I am not trained in reading the results of a Rorschach Test, I cannot tell you what my images mean. Perhaps someone who is trained will read this and tell me what they say about my past or future behavior. What I find interesting is how each one of us can look at the exact same image and see something different. I also imagine, most people could be influenced to see something other than their original image. Yet, it’s not the image changing, but our perspective.
Today’s reading is about the scales falling from Saul’s eyes restoring his sight. Saul was a persecutor of the church. A man who felt absolutely convinced he was right about what he saw in this new movement, called “the way.” However, he was met on the road and struck blind by the Lord. The encounter changed his vision, but Saul is the only one who changed. What he was looking at remained the same.
When you read this reflection today, what do you see in your own life? Are you absolutely convinced of a truth which is not brining you life? Do you need to have scales fall from your eyes because you feel blind? Maybe the change is not so radical. Perhaps there is just something you need to see more clearly. Whatever the case, maybe today is a good day to ask the Lord to help restore your sight.
Click to read: Acts 9: 17-20
- What is currently influencing your vision and how does effect what you see?
- When have you felt absolutely convinced you were right, only to find out you were not?
- Where in your life do you desire to see more clearly?
- How would you ask the Lord help restore your sight?
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