It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision ~ Helen Keller


I was visiting my parent’s house recently and my attention was drawn to this plaque in the living room. (See picture on right) I recall seeing this, or one similar, many times even as a child and could never “see” what others were seeing.

This time however, every time I walked in the room and saw the plaque, I could see nothing but what others had always been seeing.

Take a hard look at it now. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

I was reminded of two things:

Helen Keller’s quote above …“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”


1 Corinthians 2:14… “…the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

The word “discerned” means: “to properly scrutinize, investigate or determine.” Further breakdown of the definition implies that discernment involves “repetition and intensity in concluding and determining”

There is a new perception that one obtains as they receive the gift of salvation and walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. They begin to see and “discern” things they have always seen in a brand new way, and can reach a point where they cannot even see it the old way anymore without conscious effort. The level of repetition and intensity in which you seek the Kingdom of God determines the speed at which you’re perception changes and the depths to which the changes permeate your soul.

According to 1 Thessalonians 5:23 we are SPIRIT, SOUL and BODY.

1 Thess 5:23“…May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

SPIRIT: When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become “new creations” in our Spirit. (2 Cor 5:17) This is called POSITIONAL sanctification. Positionally we become 100% righteous and are seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father.

But there is also PROGRESSIVE sanctification where our soul and body must go through the lifelong process of being transformed.

Rom 12:2 “…Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed…”

SOUL: Our soul consists of our MIND, WILL and EMOTIONS. They all need to be transformed, which is a process. I personally believe that MIND is listed first because our belief system is what drives our WILL (decisions) and our EMOTIONS. Romans 12:2 just quoted above continues on to say…

Rom 12:2 “…Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

BODY: Our body consists of our physical flesh. This includes our appetite, physical sexuality, anatomy and physiology.

The Bible often refers to the soul and body combined as FLESH and we are warned that our spirit and flesh war against each other:

Gal 5:17 “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

The good news is that we alone are not responsible for this progressive sanctification. As we seek God and open ourselves up to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit, it is God who does this incredible work in us. By looking more thoroughly at 1Thessalonians 5:23 quoted above, we see confirmation of this:

1 Thess 5:23-24 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

So am I saying that if you don’t see what others see in the above picture, you are not saved? Absolutely not. But it is an example of how once we are transformed to see the Truth, we struggle to see the former view we once had. In the case of this picture it is through repeated, intense seeking that we are able to see a “new thing” in the same old picture.

And through repeated, intense seeking of the Kingdom of God, we open the door for God to transform our whole SPIRIT, SOUL and BODY and sanctify us through and through.

If you still don’t see anything in this picture, click here to message me and I’ll help you out.

Merry Christmas to everyone!


About Mary L'Esperance Held

2 Responses to It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision ~ Helen Keller

  1. Lori Laws says:

    Great post. It’s all about the renewing of our minds Have a blessed Christmas, Mary 🙂

  2. Charles says:

    As you may recall, I place one of these on my desk whenever I am doing a Bible study at Gilgal. Same kind of response, some can see it right away and for others it takes time. Reminds me of how patient our God is as we each come to ‘see’ Him in our own ‘due season’. You probably remember Jodie, who in the middle of class a number of years about stood up and shouted – I SEE JESUS as her eyes finally grasp what had been there all along. Some powerful reminders that we cannot force ourselves to see or show others ‘how to see’…stay blessed…C

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