Recently I heard some fascinating trivia about pirates. It involves pirate's eye patches. Have you ever wondered WHY pirates wore eye patches???? Well, It was NOT because they were missing an eyeball (as I once thought).... The reason for the patch was to help their EYES adapt to the DARKNESS easier....
Here is some info from the website.... mentalfloss.com
The fact that some pirates wore eye patches most likely had nothing to do with a missing eye, and everything to do with being able to see—specifically, above decks and below them.
Jim Sheedy, a doctor of vision science and director of the Vision Performance Institute at Oregon's Pacific University, told the Wall Street Journal that while the eyes adapt quickly when going from darkness to light, studies have shown that it can take up to 25 minutes for them to adapt when going from bright light to darkness, which "requires the regeneration of photo pigments."
Pirates frequently had to move above and below decks, from daylight to near darkness, and Sheedy says the smart ones "wore a patch over one eye to keep it dark-adapted outside." When the pirate went below decks, he could switch the patch to the outdoor eye and see in the darkness easily (potentially to fight while boarding and plundering another vessel).
When I learned this trivia about pirates- I immediately connected it to PEOPLE of today!!!! Our life may not consist of individuals sailing the seas looking for BOOTY, BUT we are STILL surrounded by PIRATES!!! Not LITERALLY, of course- but more FIGURATIVELY... Some people wear an invisible eye patch! They SEEM to live a Christian life, BUT if you watch closely... their ACTIONS scream DARKNESS!!!! These people are VERY tricky!! They have the ability to LURE you BELOW DECK before you can even say, AHOY MATE!!! These pirates SEEM to care about YOU and appear to share the same VALUES you share- BUT their EYE PATCH tells a DIFFERENT story!!!!
What to LOOK for to IDENTIFY a PIRATE....
1. IF the person DOES not care about THEIR relationship with God- they DEFINITELY DO NOT care about YOURS!......THEY ARE A PIRATE!!!
2. IF you are married seeking advice, BUT the person you are SEEKING it from DOES NOT CARE about their OWN marriage.... THEY ARE A PIRATE!!!
3. IF you are single and you are wanting to find a HEALTHY relationship, BUT you are hanging out with people who DO NOT desire healthy relationships- YOU ARE HANGING OUT WITH PIRATES!!!!
Pirates today may SAY the right words.... they may be ever SO WILLING to listen to you, comfort you, entertain you....... BUT- WATCH CLOSELY.....keep your EYES OPEN- their "PATCH" will BE REVEALED!!!!
PRAY FOR THE PIRATES, BUT BY ALL MEANS.... STAY CLEAR of those "eye patch wearing men and women"... or YOU TOO may be WALKING THEIR PLANK!!!!!
What are your thoughts????