Language, hearing ability, interest, experience, alertness and knowledge are among those limitations. “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend,” wrote R. Davies. One of the most remarkable recorded events in history is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus explained His impending death to His followers on a number of occasions, they simply did not comprehend His words (Matthew 16:23 Matthew 16:23But he turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are an offense to me: for you mind not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
American King James Version×). When Jesus Christ was resurrected, the disciples’ minds were totally unprepared for that truth. Not being prepared, they could not see the purpose of His death and resurrection—and only after some time had passed did the full impact strike them (Luke 24:41-49 Luke 24:41-49 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said to them, Have you here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them. 44 And he said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 And said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father on you: but tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on high.
American King James Version×). Perhaps that is why Jesus remained on earth for 40 days after His resurrection.
We humans often find ourselves incapable of grasping something that is obvious because our mind is not ready for what we are presented with. We just do not get it, and until time passes and our mind gains that ability, we will not see. That is the joy, wonder and importance of continuing to train our minds. We see farther and faster as we broaden our ability to “see.” The greatest gifts lie in developing self-control along with a passionate love to continue learning. This enriches our lives more than wealth.