Underneath by JW Kaiser
At my home break, the water isn’t very clear because of the rivers that empty into the ocean nearby. Recently on a trip to Mexico, I gained a new perspective about my surroundings while surfing. Like most surfers, I’m normally engaged with what is on the surface of the water. However, on that particular day, in the clear waters of the Pacific, I rolled off my board, dove down deep and took a look around at the other reality I hadn’t even considered. Just under the surface, there was a world teeming with tropical fish, corals and breathtaking reflections of the sun upon the ocean floor. The thought occurred to me, as I surfaced again, that there is always a reality that I’m mostly unfamiliar with based on my perspective just “underneath” my understanding of the world around me.
As we go to work or school and interact with others it is easy to see the world from one perspective. The world tells us to keep plugging along and do good in school, be nice, work harder, make more money, don’t blow it, stay healthy, stay out of trouble and then…. wake up and do the same thing all over again the next day. But what’s happening just “underneath” the reality of our daily lives? Is there something we don’t see because our perspective is skewed and bent around our common daily routines and expectations?
In Mark 10:46-52, there is a story of Jesus’ interaction with a blind man called Bartimaeus. Jesus asks the man, “What do you want me to do for you?” Wow! What a stunning question to have to answer for most of us. But for Bartimaeus, the answer was simple. “I want to see” was his obvious yet profound response. Jesus gave him his sight right there on the spot, and I can’t imagine how Bartimaeus’ perspective of the world changed instantly. Jesus is asking us the same question: “What do you want me to do for you?” I for one want to see. I’m not blind but yet I am in a way. I want to see what God sees. I want to see his love for me and those around me. I want to see what’s right “underneath” my daily routine so my perspective will become more like that of Jesus. Lord, help us all to see!