Scotoma Busters

I’ve had several “near death” experiences. More often than I care to count, I have driven down the highway on a dark rainy night, with the windshield wiper going at full speed, then switching lanes and finding that I almost drove into someone right beside me. Or thinking, “Where in the world did that bike come from – and how come I didn’t see him?” I can still feel my jelly knees and pounding heart with the harsh reality that I might have killed someone – or myself.

Those near death experiences have helped me to grasp the concept of scotomas – the clinical name for “blind spots.” Now that I am aware of them – I also see our scomotas in relationships. How often have we heard someone complain about “so and so did this and that?” With a shocked look on our faces we listen to what they are saying and realize they are complaining about the exact same thing they do themselves. We all do that because we all have blind spots and we need help – gentle, loving, generous, life changing help. We need “Scotoma Busters” and they are alled friends.

I came out of a group event one evening and my precious, spiritual friend said, “Heidi, you were jealous in there!”  YUP she was right – she poked right at my blind spot and it challenged me to face it and deal with it. Those are the kind of scotoma busters you and I need – spiritual friends who will help us to become more beautiful from the inside out. Friends who love us enough to burst our perfect little masks of how we want the world to see us – but in reality – that is not yet who we are.

We all want to be loved, adored and often we become imitators of people we admire, and who we think have arrived spiritually. However, we are all on a journey to become more like Christ – no other mask will do. Our Scotoma Busters are there to love us enough to turn the mirror so that we can see who we really are. They can help us from “near death spiritual traps.”

‘Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbour, for we are all members of one body” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV).

If you don’t have a “Scotoma Buster”- pray and ask God that He will bring one into your life. They are Life Savers!

Lovingly…Heidi

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