• Nigel Langford

What am I seeing?

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

I always laugh when I think about that term, ‘should have gone to spec savers.’ This is a reference to the named organisations’ recent adverts encouraging people to purchase their fine brand of glasses. My wife, Nicky, often gives me this advice when I claim that I cannot find what she has asked me to look for, without a doubt she finds the desired item in a matter of seconds. How can two people look in the same place and see completely different things - or not see anything, if you take that previous example into account!!

I am thankful that in 1 Corinthians 13:12 it says, ‘Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”


We don’t see the full picture in this life, actually at times it feels that we can barely distinguish the horizon, we try so hard but it is imperfect vision. The good news is that we do see something, even if it is partial. May be we have been bold before and got it wrong, we thought we had a vision and believed in the direction we had taken. It had not worked out as we thought. Yet the story of the Bible is all about a group of people who constantly got things wrong. They didn’t hide their desire to look in different places and ignore what God was revealing to them. I have to put my hand up as that sounds like my story too. Wherever you find yourself today - I believe there is a dream or picture of the future that Jesus wants to reveal to you. Even if some of us have given up all hope, faced the darkest points and don’t want to go on, there is something for you to see. Don’t close your eyes, look again! Don’t give up - I have made it through some crazy experiences, by my fingertips, and hope was around the corner. In an unexpected way at an unexpected time - I will unpack this in the blogs that will follow.

Everyone has a piece of the jigsaw - if you don’t embrace what you & others around you see - the full picture isn’t developed. Even more importantly we all miss out! There is something unique in your DNA, mindset, and how you see the world. Look again if you think you have lost your sight. I am a living example of looking again and again - I hardly ever get it right the first time, I just keep looking in front of me and wonder what God is doing.

Jesus did what he saw his father doing. He looked and he followed him - but this was due to the space he created alone in prayer. Many times Jesus woke up early and went for a walk with his father. You get to know someones voice and essence of character by spending time with them. This represents a blockage - the being busy epidemic. I am not sure whether you get to the end of a week and it feels like a hurricane! I am wrestling this through right now and I have more questions than answers. I am an activist by nature and I default to doing things, I know that I need more time just to be, to rest, to hear and to see what is happening around me.

Psalm 23 is such a well know piece of the Bible. It is written in a clear order, it talks about being led by peaceful streams and still waters. It is in these places that God can do so much with us. The internal work of our character, the refocusing of our sight so that our souls can be restored, our strength renewed and a spring in our step. It also enables us to face death and darkness, to not be afraid of our enemies and to feast at God’s table. Actually we will see a cup that overflows - we will be able to live a life that reflects hope for people in despair. We will walk and live in a way that our culture will see a different way of doing life. As I become more mature I realise that I live to see this happen all around me.

What do you see?

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