The amazing human eye

Judith Victoria Hensley - Plain Thoughts

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I’ve been out and about in the slowly changing fall leaves lately, hoping for a good shot, and looking for something full of color. I’ve found a few interesting spots along the way.

I love autumn and the changing of leaves. I can’t imagine myself living anywhere that doesn’t have four seasons.

It got me to thinking about heaven. Heaven, where there is no death, or changing leaves. Then I started imagining a place where plants and trees might be the colors of a rainbow all year long. WOW! What a series of images that opened up! Blue trees, pink grass, black roses and as much as the human mind can imagine are all possibilities in the hereafter.

Then I started thinking about how the human eye perceives color. Did you ever consider that someone looking at your red shirt might be seeing a totally different red than you?

The complexity of the human eye alone and its efficiency would be enough to make me believe in Creator God and intelligent design. It bears repeating that in total darkness and no obstructions between, the human eye can see a single candle flame up to ten miles away. Incredible!

Live Science says, “The human eye belongs to a general group of eyes found in nature called the camera-type eye because a structure in the eye called the cornea focuses light onto a light-sensitive membrane called the retina.”

When I read about the process of color and light being transmitted through the eye to the brain, it was like reading a Greek science text, but just as I had suspected, different individuals may see the same color differently. There is current research underway about some people actually being able to see more colors than others.

The website Discover had this to say about human vision and color: “An average human, utterly unremarkable in every way, can perceive a million different colors. Vermilion, puce, cerulean, periwinkle, chartreuse—we have thousands of words for them, but mere language can never capture our extraordinary range of hues. Our powers of color vision derive from cells in our eyes called cones, three types in all, each triggered by different wavelengths of light. Every moment our eyes are open, those three flavors of cone fire off messages to the brain. The brain then combines the signals to produce the sensation we call color.

“Researchers suspect, though, that some people see even more. Living among us are people with four cones, who might experience a range of colors invisible to the rest. It’s possible these people can see a hundred million colors, with each familiar hue fracturing into a hundred more subtle shades for which there are no names, no paint swatches. And because perceiving color is a personal experience, they would have no way of knowing they see far beyond what we consider the limits of human vision.”

In the Bible, I Corinthians 13:12 says that now we see as in a mirror, dimly. This thought reinforces my notion that heaven will be full of vibrant, radiant colors we have never seen before in our world. I have had dreams and visions both where the colors were so keen and glorious that I knew no words to describe them. Proverbs 20:12 declares that God has made both the hearing ear and the seeing eye.

Glorious autumns of Appalachia, their intensity, and vibrant colors assure me that we are designed by Almighty God to be able to see and enjoy the beauty of His creation and recognize His handiwork.

Reach Judith Victoria Hensley at [email protected] or on Facebook. Check out her blog: One Step Beyond the Door.

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