Can You See What I See? By Mimi Caban Ross

Can You See What I See? By Mimi Caban Ross #MikeRossArt “The Multitudes”

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In the past 24 hours I have seen several references to seeing. One was a post by Vinepress published by teacher, minister and public speaker John Scotland that said: There are three classes of people: Those that see. Those that see when they are shown. Those that do not see. Attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci. (Although I haven’t actually read the source material.) The second sighting was on page 23 of Flow magazine where there was an illustration of a woman holding her hands in front of her face as though she was framing a shot for filming.

And then this morning in my study time, I was lead to look for a book with the word Spirit in the title. The first book I found in my house with that in the title was Cry of the Spirit by Smith Wigglesworth. (Such a great name right? I always get my wiggles worth!) I turned to page 23 as I was led by Holy Spirit and not only was there a very specific and unusual reference to an exact thing I had written in my planner this morning but two pages later there was this verse:

And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.                                                                      Bible/Book of Luke: Chapter 3 verse 6

All flesh shall see. All flesh. All flesh, all humanity, shall see what? The salvation of God. What? All as in all?

And for many reasons, I told beautiful holy Spirit that she had my attention. Wide awake. Antennae up. There’s more to come but here’s a tiny thought from this journey I’m on this morning, and there are beautiful, universal implications from this tiny thought and this one word see.

I had to look it up in the original languages in its context. Three references to sight, seeing, framing up, perception of what one sees had been shown to me over the past 24 hours. When things come in threes I know it must be very, very important that I pay attention and discern what I’m being shown.

Here’s the tiny thought from the tiny word see:

I think this little word in this little verse is telling us that every human that has ever or will ever live will see and experience something incredible and that no one will be left out.

The word see in Luke 3:6 comes from the Greek words optanomai and optomai. Looks like optometry, right? This is what James Strong has to say about the definition which you can find under 3700 in his Greek dictionary:

…both as alt. of 3708; to gaze (i.e. with wide open eyes, as at something remarkable; and thus differing from 991, which denotes simply voluntary observation; and from 1492, which expresses merely mechanical, passive or casual vision…) appear, look, see, shew self.

All flesh gazing with eyes wide open as at something remarkable. It implies awe and wonder and amazement, not fear or terror. And it clearly states all. Sounds a little bit like how some of us are watching the new life journey Kanye West is on right now. Though some things I’ve read seem like many believers are in terror of Kanye. Maybe like the early believers felt about Paul the former terrorist and killer of those who followed Yeshua/Jesus? Sometimes it is hard to believe a miraculous thing even when it’s standing right in front of us. We tend to only see and perceive things and people who fit into the grid we already have. Like new wine in old wine skins, beholding something or someone completely beyond our initial comprehension can burst our old paradigms and mindsets. And that feels messy.

Sometimes that is exactly what needs to happen. Fear of losing what we have can cause us to hold very tightly to what we think we already know and have experienced with an, “I ain’t seen it so it cain’t be true” kind of attitude.

In Cry of the Spirit Chapter 2, it talks about how John the Baptizer came with a completely new idea to identify believers. He was Jewish and so he came from the circumcision tradition but he had spent a lot of time alone with God. He had seen and heard and experienced things that basically blew up his previous understanding of many things. Now he was coming to the people with a message of water immersion as a sign of spiritual and tribal identity.

His sight and his perception of what he saw blew the place up and he was later killed for it. (I never said that truly seeing would make you popular.)

So what does the word that optomai is compared to say?

  1. horao, hor-ah-o; prop. to stare at…,i.e. (by impl.) to discern clearly (phys. or ment.); by extens. to attend to; by Hebr. to experience; pass. to appear: – behold, perceive, see, take, heed.

If I let go of any of thoughts, doctrine, theology, beliefs that I already have or have heard, it looks as if this verse is saying:

ALL of humanity shall gaze at, and with eyes wide open, shall discern both physically and mentally, attend to AND experience, behold, perceive, see, take and heed, something remarkable: the salvation of God.

Here’s an interesting thing about that word salvation. When I looked up salvation in the Strong’s Concordance from Luke 3:6, it wasn’t there! I’ve never had that happen in all my years of studying because James Strong covered pretty much every dotted i and crossed t in his reference manual. I couldn’t see it. So where was it? What word is used for salvation there? I had to dig a little deeper. It’s a treasure hunt for me.

And guess what? I was diligently and carefully looking in the wrong place! I could write a book on the idea that diligence, sincerity, intelligence and discipline mean nothing if we’re on the wrong path, building on a faulty foundation, have our course set slightly off kilter. Whole industries and movements have be based on this happening! Sometimes we can actually find or see things when we are off course that we force to fit into our ideas or experience even when they aren’t really there. We find a conclusion or see a thing because we want to and we’re already biased toward it. Another term for this is confirmation bias.

I once asked a well know speaker a question about his core beliefs. It was during a Q and A in a conference setting. I could tell from what he was teaching that something was off. When I asked the question, as the session was being filmed, he gave the answer I suspected and, in my opinion, it was a faulty foundation upon which everything else he teaches is built. Sadly, many people don’t investigate the foundation and simply believe what he teaches. It had to do with his belief that the soul and spirit are separate entities and that the salvation God provides takes care of the spirit of a person but leaves the soul in need of being cleaned up. This may seem like a very small distinction to some, but this idea of separation has devastating effects which I’m not going into here. But I suspected his belief led him to see and possibly imagine things to help people learn methods and steps and procedures for cleaning up their own souls. It’s all very fascinating in a kind of science fiction way but not based on truth. But perhaps it also sells books or teaching courses and makes people curious enough to come to his events? Complication and drama often sells. Simplicity and rest rarely does.

But I’m talking about seeing. Or not seeing.

The opposite is true when the truth is standing in front of us screaming our name and we refuse to or can’t see it because of that old wine skin paradigm and world view that we won’t let flex at all. I see this a lot now with the medical community trying to give explanations that are based on wrong ideas and deeply held medical doctrines for illnesses, aches and pains, which can lead to lingering suffering, unnecessary medications, pharmaceutical dependencies and surgeries that with proper sight and accurate information could have led patients to a more whole and healthy life with a heaven of a lot less pain.

Moving on.

Here’s the Greek work for salvation in Luke chapter 3 verse 6. Hang on. It goes deep:

  1. soterion, neut. of the same as 4991…; defender or (by impl.) defence: – salvation
    1. soteria, fem. of a der. of 4990…; rescue or safety (phys. or mor.): – deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.
      1. soter; from 4982; a deliverer, i.e. God or Christ: – saviour.
        1. sozo; from a prim. sos [Mimi’s comments: Really?! SOS the call for help signal?! Amazing. All flesh is in need of rescue to be sure.] (contr. for obsol. saos, “safe”): to save, i.e. deliver or protect (lit. or fig.): – heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.

Now if I add these definitions of salvation to the tiny thought I came up with up above, just based on the actual meanings and trying to keep my personal bias out of it as much as possible, here’s what it looks like.

ALL of humanity shall gaze at, and with eyes wide open, shall discern both physically and mentally, attend to AND experience, behold, perceive, see, take and heed of something remarkable: the Deliverer. The Christ, God; who is their Defender and defense; the One who rescues them and leads them to safety, physically and morally, which results in their deliverance, health and salvation. He provides their protection, literally and figuratively, he saves, heals, preserves, does good to them and makes them whole.                                                                                                                                                                           Luke 3:6 The Mimi Blissed Version

And not one is left out. Mind blown? See it? Good. Blowing up old wine skins is definitely part of #TheShalomLifestyle.

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3 thoughts on “Can You See What I See? By Mimi Caban Ross

  1. Ditto !! Awesome! Yes, the life of faith is not some sort of reward we get from following God’s law. God is not manipulated by our actions and our actions do not guarantee that God will do certain things. 

Brother Lawrence shows us that part of loving God is letting go of our destinies and focusing on what God will do for us. When we do this Lawrence reminds us we find ourselves in the embrace of a God who loves us. We find this when we find our motivation for prayer or avoidance of sin etc., not in attempting to get things out of God but in simply our love for God, which Scripture tells us we have because God first loved us.

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  2. hi mimi , I agree with you. We are capable of seeing but also feeling. I saw the act of the cross but my heart accepted it. heb 6;4 It is impossible for those once enlightened to be renewed back to god. That is a he
    art issue.. Its God that makes us see and feel. It is us that harden our hearts a Paul said. God makes it Personal. love, joan

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