I’ve been putting it off for months, years actually. But I’ve come to a point where I can no longer ignore it. Slowly, it has gotten worse and I’ve had to realize that it isn’t worth the struggle or the strain. I simply had to give in.
I had to get new glasses.
Not just one pair, but two. At my age, and because I need help to see close up and far away, one of the options I had was to get bifocals. I wasn’t ready for them yet. I have the mindset that bifocals are for old people and I would like to think that I am 47 years young. The reality is that I have had poor eyesight most of my life, but have ignored the fact that I needed to consistently wear corrective lenses in order to see well. So I opted for two pairs: one for close up (reading and computer usage) and one for distance (mostly driving).
My new glasses arrived on my birthday last week, just in time for my license to expire. I stood in line at the DMV for two hours, ON MY BIRTHDAY, and passed the vision test (thanks to my new glasses). Now, I can drive comfortably and actually read the road signs before I am right up on them. And my close up pair is making me wonder how I managed to do computer work all these years without them.
This has all got me thinking. When we cannot see clearly, we need corrective lenses to sharpen our vision. In our spiritual lives, we do not always see clearly. Things may not appear as they really are, and God does not always give us the bigger picture. Yet, He desires to give us the eyes to see what we need to see, and how we need to see it. God wants to give us corrective spiritual lenses to sharpen our vision. He does not want us to go through life struggling and straining to see.
God has given us His Word as our corrective lens. We must put it on and use it, on a daily basis, so that our eyes will be opened to His will and to His ways. We must also use our spiritual lens to help us to see the path on which we must walk. Without a sharp and clear vision, we could end up on the wrong side of the road, or off the desired path of God’s will altogether. When we do not spend time in His word, our vision becomes cloudy, foggy and often times dark.
Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 119:18)
I am thankful that I now have a means for which to view my world more clearly, without straining or struggling. Just like my corrective lenses, I must put on the Word of God each day so that my eyes will be opened to all that He desires for me. I don’t ever want to miss God due to blurred vision.
How about you my friend. Does your vision need correcting? How has God’s Word made your vision more clearer? I would love for you to share with me in the comments below.