All of us have have blind spots. Our brain fills in the picture so we don’t realize it. But the blind spots in our field of vision are very real. In medical terms, “it is the place in the visual field that corresponds to the lack of light-detecting photoreceptor cells on the optic disc of the retina where the optic nerve passes through the optic disc.”
Here is a simple way to “see” your blind spot. Put your thumbs together, the tips touching, with your index fingers pointed upward. This will separate your index fingers by approximately six inches. Extend your arms with your hands directly in front of you. Close your left eye. Focus with your right eye on your left finger and move your hands closer or further away. The right finger will disappear in your blind spot. You can do the same for your left eye. If this doesn’t work, go to google or youtube and you will find plenty of help to find your blind spot.
Several years ago I was diagnosed with glaucoma in my left eye, something very similar to the blind spot, but bigger. About ¼ of the vision in my left eye is missing, and I didn’t know it. With both eyes open, my right eye compensates for it. With just my left eye open, my brain tries to fill in the gaps. But when I move my finger into the blind spot, it disappears.
We also have a blind spot when we are driving. It is the place just behind us on the left side, just off the left rear bumper. We can check our rear view mirror and our side view mirror, and it appears no one is around us, but when we try to change lanes horns blare and people swerve. We can easily miss our blind spot.
Jesus spoke about our spiritual blind spot. We think that we can see all things clearly. We believe that we have a full field of vision, but the truth is that we are unable to see some of the most important elements of life and reality. We are blinded by our prejudice and presumptions.
Jesus said, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5).
Jesus often told simple stories so that we might see our spiritual blind spot and understand the important lessons of life. Jesus said, “This is why I speak in parables: though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” (Matthew 13:13).
The Apostle Paul wrote, “ I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” (Ephesians 1:18).