In the days following cataract surgery on my right eye, after the initial bleariness subsided, I found myself totally entranced by the luminosity of the world. Colours were amazingly bright, objects startlingly and sharply clear. And this is my “bad” eye!
What an amazing gift sight is! Perhaps one of the best purposes of life is to simply use our senses to experience the glory all around us, to truly see and marvel at God’s creation.
Conversely, it’s also wondrous that we are seen. The psalmist realizes that before his own undeveloped eyes could see, God observed him.
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
We are not always entirely comfortable with this all-seeing God. I recently saw a hotel room in Las Vegas that had a stark painting of a large eye hanging on the wall. It seems a strange choice of decoration for the city that thinks it can keep what happens in Vegas in Vegas. Even in a city centred around gambling and pleasure, there are always two eye witnesses: ourselves and God himself. Apparently, God even has night vision!
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:11-12