134. A whole other way of seeing things…

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My quest for binocularity continues. (Binocularity = The ability to focus upon an object with both eyes and create a single stereoscopic image | Medicinenet.com) I’ve stared at the image above at VT since I started and I recently came to understand that there’s this whole other way of seeing things that I’m not privy to. Since I primarily use one eye (my right), I supposedly see in 2D. When I look around I don’t see things like they’re on a flat movie screen or anything – there are plenty of cues I can pick up, e.g. if a chair is in front of a table and I’m in front of the chair I know the chair is closer to me, so I’ve never “felt” my lack of stereopsis. I have been reluctant to acknowledge that there is a different way to see things, but I got confirmation recently after talking to my cousin (in law), K, (m. Gvk of the NemoFish) since she has lived with eye drama for the duration and she unhesitatingly affirmed that we are seeing in 2D whereas everyone else is seeing in 3D.

What?! I first began thinking about this 2D vs. 3D issue around 3 months ago at my last eye evaluation. After I came home and tossed and turned during “naptime” I came downstairs and told Mommy (re. this 3D business),“I’ll believe it when I see it.” I suppose my skepticism works in my favor since my eyeballs aren’t very cooperative in the binocularity area and although I’m trying hard to retrain my brain to see a fused image that uses both eyes’ input, I don’t know if it will actually happen for me. I decided, though, that I’ve had enough changes (visual and otherwise) lately, and I could do without seeing in 3D.

Remember last week when I wrote the “Plan C” post? I thought it was a little sad so I intended to post something happier on Friday but then my back started acting up so I had to lie down instead of write. Well, what I was going to say is that this time of year does make me feel blue, but it’s impossible to be too sad since it’s time to celebrate the fact that Christ is risen. Of course, we celebrate that fact 24/7 – it’s just that “Easter” is printed on our calendars at the end of the month.

I am so thankful that the Lord did not just acknowledge that there was a whole other way of seeing things, but He fully entered into the human experience. He walked our earth for over 33 years with humility and compassion and chose to endure the degradation of the cross at the end. Aren’t you glad the story doesn’t stop there? Because endurance turned into exaltation and I serve a living Savior.

But it’s not just the resurrection power displayed on that day and made available to us that awes me, it’s the 33+ years of walking dusty roads, smelling yucky smells, feeling the gnawing pangs of hunger and the aching bones of tiredness that holds so much value for me. If I had been given a choice about my situation I would have bailed within 10 minutes of understanding it was for real. But He did have a choice in a situation infinitely deeper – there was so much more at stake and so much more to submit to – and He chose to stay. He knows from first hand experience that there’s a whole other way of seeing things and combines understanding, love, and sacrifice for our benefit in a way no one else can or ever will.

Hebrews 12.2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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