There is this line in a popular movie, the Avatar, where the native inhabitants would greet each other with the phrase, “I see you.” It is such a deep statement while yet so simple. It says that I recognize your existence, your presence, your being, and your connection to the Source; I see your challenges and the totality of your being. Within you, I also see me, and ultimately the Source of all things. Although I might not know where you are in your life’s journey, is not for me to know or to judge you, but merely to acknowledge you.
In that statement it is implied that if I can do something to assist you in your path that would be my greatest desire. I likewise give unto you my essence that you may see me and help me if you so desire. If you decide not then it is not a reflection upon you or me, but only upon your willingness and readiness to see, to be, and to let be.
I am not sure that was the message the writer intended but that is how it penetrated my heart. It also taught me a lesson because so many times as I am going about my day I cross the paths of others and refuse to see them. At times I actually ignore people because they do not appear to fit into my space. If you see a homeless person it is almost like you don’t want to really see them because they do not fit into your view of humanity. You might see rich people and refuse to really see them because they remind you of what you don’t have. You might see someone of a different race or sexual persuasion and refuse to really see them because you disagree with their lifestyle. In many ways our eyes become judges rather than just seeing things that God created. Since God created all things, only He has the right to judge them. We can disagree but we have no right to judge.
There are times when passing by a stranger I will speak and for some reason they refuse to speak back. It is as though they refuse to acknowledge that I am a person. At one point that used to bother me. They could have been intimidated by my presence, which is possible. They could have been in a bad mood. Or maybe they really did not want to recognize me as a fellow human being. Truth is, that is no reflection upon who I am but only upon them. My role is only to recognize them as a fellow human being created by God. If they do not wish to reciprocate that too is fine. It no longer angers me.
As we evolve in our knowledge of God we learn to see things more as God sees them. God looks at everything through the lens of love, which means:
God is patient; God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts; always hopes, always perseveres and God never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (notice I replaced the word love with God as written in the scripture)
I see you imply all this and more because that is how God sees things. If you see me back that would be nice but if not, I don’t need you to repay my kindness and you really do not owe me anything. I give love to you but you are not required to return it. In others we are only to see what God sees, but we do not have the right to judge them, not one bit!
Many times we are so enthralled with the world that we forget who we are. If we but remember that we are God’s creations made in His image to be like Him. He made all things through love and sees them through the lens of love. Just because the world reflects a different image that does not mean that we are to imitate what we see in the world. If you really want to imitate someone try being an imitator of Christ.
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2
When I really see you I am reminded of who I really am and who you really are, one of God’s creations. Still I get bogged down in this world of woe: I get distracted by the images the world reveals. Although I really would like to see you and I want you to see me too, many times I fall short of that mark. If God, who made tall things, sees them through love, then why would we ever think that we can do things that God does not do. Duh!