Learning to Refocus in Order to See the Hidden Beauty in Life

 

Sometimes in life you have to refocus to see the whole picture. How many of you remember those crazy Magic Eye posters and pictures that were popular back in the 90’s? The Magic Eye pictures were art images called stereograms. Stereograms are 3D images of art that when first looked at appear to be nothing more than a meaningless and confusing mess of squiggly lines and shapes. With stereograms, hidden within the montage of lines, shapes, and designs, are 3 dimensional images that seem to almost jump off the page when looked at properly. It requires some learning and practice as to how to refocus your eyes in order to see the hidden beauty of stereogram artwork. I remember the first few times I was told to look at a stereogram to see the awesome hidden images. I thought the person asking me to look at it was delusional! I could not even begin to see anything in the mess of lines and patterns that I was looking at. I soon learned that I was looking at it wrong. I was looking too hard at the obvious details, and I wasn’t looking THROUGH the picture to see the hidden beauty of the art. I learned that I had to relax my focus and look at it as though I was trying to look through to the other side of the image. Once I learned to do that, I began to see amazing 3D shapes start to emerge from the artwork. Some stereograms are really beautiful when looked at properly.

Below is an example of a stereogram. There is a little bit of beauty in the picture that is apparent when you first look at it. If you look at the picture long eneough and refocus your eyes, you will see that there is a great deal of detail and beauty that was not initially obvious.  

stereogram refocus

When I began to think back on those days of the stereogram craze and my experience of learning how to view the artwork properly, it dawned on me that there was a lesson hidden in that experience that applies to life. All of us are designed and created by God the master artist. Our lives have hidden treasures and beauty that we often fail to see because our focus is wrong, and we are not looking at the picture properly. Too many times in life we get so caught up in focusing on the obvious details of our life, that much like the stereograms, seem chaotic and distorted, we fail to see the hidden beauty in our life. Many times we spend too much time focusing on our problems that we are facing at the moment. Too often, we focus on family problems, problems at work, our dreams that have yet to be fulfilled, and our episodes of stress, and it all leads us to a life of discouragement and disappointment. What we have to learn in life is to refocus and not be so drawn to look for the obvious positive details in our life. Sometimes in life, we have to look deeper. We have to refocus our attentions and look at the big picture.

Even in the midst of a life of stress, turmoil, and confusion, there is a bigger picture. Even when the artwork of our life seems to make no sense, there is underlying beauty to behold if we will only learn to refocus our eyes. I am reminded of something in the Bible that the Apostle Paul said in the Book of 2nd Corinthians. In 2nd Corinthians 4:18 the Apostle Paul said, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” It is important for us to remember that even though the problems and trials we face today are sometimes the most obvious details of our lives, they are not going to last forever. If you will continue to trust God, get our eyes off of your problems, and get your eyes on God, you will begin to see the hidden beauty in the artwork of your life that you have never seen before. Just like in the stereograms, we have to refocus from the things that can easily be seen to the things that cannot be easily seen. There is hidden beauty in your life that you may be missing; you just have to learn how to refocus your eyes to see it.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Mark

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