Eyes Not to See

Written by Plant With Purpose on May 8, 2012 in General

By Becky Rosaler

In Genesis, we find that humans are created in the image and likeness of God. Ex nihilo, it was out of nothing that God spoke the world into existence and continued on to the pinnacle of creation, you and I.  If we are made in His likeness, then we are made to create as well. 

It has been said that artists are often the prophets of a culture.  I am constantly amazed at the way they express what is happening around them, the details of life that most are too busy to pick up on, they hit sentiments that strike our nerves or spark further contemplation. 

During a recent Vision Trip to the Dominican Republic, we had the opportunity to visit the Candido Bido Museum in his hometown of Bonao.  Candido Bido is one of Dominican’s most important contemporary artists.  Immediately, we noticed characteristics that signify his work: a pointillistic style, hues of blues, reds, orange and yellow, the Dominican sun, and dark holes where eyes should have been that made his pieces look incomplete.  We soon learned that the omission was intentional.  

As a Dominican, Bido had seen through the tropical turquoise waters, the bright sun, and the lush growth on the hillsides that most see as portraying this Caribbean nation.  He saw pain.  He saw suffering.  He saw injustice.  He saw things that he didn’t want his creations to see.  So, he did what was kind and he didn’t give them eyes.

Bido’s proclamation hit a nerve in us.  Over the next couple of days, our eyes were open.  We were that much more intentional about taking in what was happening under the tropical, green growth, the streets we walked, the villages we visited.  

Unlike Bido’s creations, we were also able to see the good that Plant With Purpose is accomplishing in the Dominican Republic.  We saw an appreciation and deep friendships between rural farmers and the Plant With Purpose staff.  We saw individuals caring for one another.  We saw a community that worked together and gave generously.  

And one set of eyes at a time, the sights of injustice under the Dominican sun became scenes of joy, hope, friendship, laughter, and a future.               

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