Discovery Church

The Color of IT.

IN LIVING COLOR
Steve Lummer
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“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,

    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived” –
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (NIV)
 
Job 11:7, – Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
1 corinthians 2:9-10, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard,  – no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him.” —
but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God.
 
Psalm 115:5-6
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,

    noses, but cannot smell.
 
 
WE GATHER HERE
 – We gather here once a week for worship to remind ourselves that there is a center to the universe and that center is not us.
 – I CHOOSE TO gather with others on a Sunday to remind myself that there is a throne and Im not on it.
 
the term “inattentional blindness” – also known as perceptual blindnessA Wikipedia article regarding  inattentional blindness says “it may be further defined as the event in which an individual fails to recognize an unexpected stimulus that is in plain sight. 
 
1. THE ISLAND OF THE COLORBLIND.
colors

The Island of the Colorblind

In the Island of the Colorblind, Oliver Sacks writes a colorful account about a tiny island in the South Pacific. Pingelap is less than three square miles, and the highest elevation on the island is only ten feet above sea level. In 1775, Typhoon Lengkieki swept over the island destroying all of the vegetation and killing 90 percent of the inhabitants. The twenty survivors resorted to fishing as the only means of survival until the island revegetated.

After the great typhoon, a genetic peculiarity evolved. A surprisingly large proportion of the next generation was born colorblind. Elsewhere in the world, less than one in thirty thousand people are colorblind. On the island of Pingelap, one in twelve is born with the condition. The high percentage can be traced to the fact that several people in the surviving gene pool carried a rare gene responsible for congenital achromatopsia.

Those of us with normal color vision have approximately 7 million cones, allowing us to distinguish up to 10 million different colors. Congenital achromatopes have no functional cones. They rely exclusively on the 120 million low-light photoreceptor rods in the retina. As a result, they are hypersensitive to light. They often wear several pairs of sunglasses or avoid light altogether. Their poor visual acuity forces them to use a monocle—a handheld magnifying glass that looks like a telescope—to read text or see things from a distance. And, of course, they cannot perceive color.

The sad irony is that few places on earth are more beautiful or colorful than this tropical paradise. “It was striking how green everything was in Pingelap,” notes Oliver Sacks, “not only the foliage of trees, but their fruits as well—breadfruit and pandanus are both green, as were many varieties of bananas on the island.” The island is full of “brightly colored red and yellow fruits—papaya, mango, guava.” The island is literally bursting with tropical colors, but the colorblind Pingelapians cannot perceive it. They lack the perceptual capacity simply because they have no cones.

Sad, isn’t it? But many of us are as blind to wonder as the Pingelapians are to color. There are miracles all around us all the time, but we lack the perceptual capacity to perceive them. We are in the presence of God, but we are unaware of it. We are surrounded by the glory of God, but can’t see it.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning put it in poetic terms.

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;

The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote these words – The average person looks without seeing, listens without hearing,touches without feeling, eats without tasting, inhales without awareness of odor  or fragrance and talks with thinking.”
 
God is awed by His own creation – 
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31
It’s almost like God say’s – “I outdid myself , if I say so myself.”
 
“No Eye has seen, no ear has heard , no mind has conceived what God has in store for those who love him.”
                          OUR LACK OF WONDER IS REALLY A LACK OF LOVE
You can count the seeds in an apple , but you can count the apples in a seed.
apple seeds
In the Far East, there is a tree called the Chinese bamboo tree. This remarkable tree is different from most trees in that it doesn’t grow in the usual fashion. While most trees grow steadily over a period of years, the Chinese bamboo tree doesn’t break through the ground for the first four years. Then, in the fifth year, an amazing thing happens – the tree begins to grow at an astonishing rate. In fact, in a period of just five weeks, a Chinese bamboo tree can grow to a height of 90 feet. It’s almost as if you can actually see the tree growing before your very eyes.
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Well, I’m convinced that life often works in a similar way. You can work for weeks, months and even years on your dream with no visible signs of progress and then, all of the sudden, things take off. Your business becomes profitable beyond your wildest dreams. Your marriage becomes more vibrant and passionate than you ever thought it could be. Your contribution to your church, social organization and community becomes more significant than you have ever imagined.

Keep Watering Your Bamboo Tree –

bamboo

 
 
2. 30 MINUTES OF SILENCE.
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Revelation 8:1
 
Our relationship with God should enhance our sense of AWE. – A capacity of wonder.
 
 
 
3. THE MIRACLE OF SIGHT
 
A BABY AT 6 MONTHS BEGIN TO SEE PAST 13 INCHES IN DIAMETER OF LOW DEFINITION BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES – AFTER 6 MONTHS THAT SAME BABY BEGINS TO VISUALIZE FIVE TIMES GREATER THAN BEFORE .NOW THE WORLD BURST INTO A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR.
 
Our spiritual eyes for wonder develops in much the same way.
 
 
Ephesians 1:18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
 
What happens when we pray: We see things no one else sees. And we see things before others see them. Why? Because prayer gives us a God’s-eye view. Prayer heightens our awareness and gives us a sixth sense that enables us to perceive spiritual realities. –
Prayer turns us into first-class noticers. It helps us see what God wants us to notice. The more you pray, the more you notice. –
We often think of prayer as nothing more than words spoken to God, but maybe it’s more than that. Prayer is also when God speaks to us through dreams and desires and promptings and impressions and ideas. Prayer is the mechanism whereby God ideas are conceived and captured. And it’s our capacity for prayer that will ultimately determine our creative potential. 
 
4. A SIXTH SENSE
“Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”  – Luke 24:45
 
“What no eye has seen,

    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived” –
    the things God has prepared for those who love him— I Cor. 2:9,10
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