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What are You Looking At?

An autostereogram is a single-image stereogram designed to create the visual illusion of a three- dimensional scene from a two-dimensional image in the human brain. These brain teasers cause one person to see one aspect of an image while someone else focuses their attention on a different part of this illusion. Brains must learn to overcome the normally automatic coordination between focusing and vergence.

One of his servants said, None, my lord O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber. 13 He said, Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him. And it was told him, He is in Dothan. 14 So [the Syrian king] sent there horses, chariots, and a great army. They came by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do?2 Kings 6:12-15.

Prior to entering the land of Canaan, Moses sent out a scouting expedition to explore this region. Ten of the twelve spies saw a land full of giants, bringing back a negative report. However, Joshua and Caleb were optimistic, seeing a land filled with milk and honey. Depending upon your attitude, mindset, or perspective, a partially sunny day may be viewed as overcast. How you feel often reflects how you view a particular day.

[Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them. 17 Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18 And when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, Smite this people with blindness, I pray You. And God smote them with blindness, as Elisha asked, 2 Kings 6:16-18.

In the Old Testament, Elisha and one of his servants completely disagreed about what they were looking at. The servant witnessed the Syrian army surrounding their entire city. While this man was correct, Elisha looked up to the heavens, praying before sharing his observation. Examining this situation from a spiritual mindset, Elisha’s eyes were opened to God’s plan behind the scenes. Just like viewing an autostereogram, human minds need to learn how to view life’s circumstances through the God’s eyes. By applying this mindset, living the abundant life of Christ, John 10:10 is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit.

by Jay Mankus

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