Here’s the truth …
For most of my life I have had to wear glasses. In the 1980’s, the style was big and plastic, and the glass had to have a pink tint! Oh my! What a statement we made with those. We were so cool! And when we look back at pictures, we now think, “What were we thinking?” Yes, the 80’s were the years of big hair and big glasses. Time moved on and changed, and so did my eye-wear.
After several years of glasses, I finally decided it was time for contact lenses. It was wonderful to be able to see without those cumbersome glasses. But like most things, the novelty wore off. Fast forward several years, and I found myself despising those “wonderful” contacts. In and out, drop one, lose one, in and out. All day, every day. Enough was enough! Time for Lasik Eye Surgery.
Finally, no more contacts! No more glasses … or so I thought! Turning 40 has a way of changing that! I think God has a sense of humor and must really get a good laugh at our thoughts sometimes because here I am today, 48 years old, back to wearing “cheater glasses” for up-close reading.
This morning, as I was having my quiet time (with my new cheaters on!), God brought it to my attention that my life is a lot like my vision. I can see far away pretty clearly, but when it comes to handling things up close, my vision becomes blurry and distorted. I am focusing on things that are far away, out of my reach and control, when I need to be focusing on what God has put directly in front of me.
For example, I come from a long line of people I like to call, “the what if-ers.” We like to think about all the possible scenarios, the “what if's” of things that might happen in our lives. For example, my husband is about to be relocated for his job. Will I go? Will I stay while he commutes? If I do go, where will we live? Near or far away? What should I pack? Where will we shop and go to church? On and on. None of these questions and answers may come to fruition; but if they do, God has already decided who, what, when, where, and why, and will give me the wisdom and knowledge I need at that time. I am looking so far ahead that I am neglecting what God has given me right here, right now. All I am supposed to do today is what He gives me today. That being said, I am not burying my head in the sand, but I am also not spending inordinate amounts of time fretting and planning. I am learning to trust my Lord and focus on what He has placed directly in front of me.
I grew up in a Pastor’s home. My dad started his ministry when I was six and still teaches today. When he teaches Scripture, especially the Old Testament, he will say, “Let’s put on our Jewish spectacles, so we can see what God is telling His people and what we can learn too.” I think we need to do this every day. By putting on my “spiritual” glasses, I begin to see things clearly that God is trying to teach me. When I take them off, my vision is clouded with my own way of seeing things as I take my eyes off of Him. We learn in Isaiah that “they err in vision, they stumble in judgment” (Isaiah 28:7b KJV). Oh, that is so true of me today. When I take my eyes off of God, I cannot clearly see and I stumble around affecting all who cross my path. Proverbs 12:15 tells me, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise” (KJV). Putting it bluntly, I am a fool when I try to see things through my own eyes, and, yes, my judgment becomes foolish, too. When I put my spiritual glasses back on and correct my vision, I can then be among the wise who choose to keep their eyes on God.
In the book of Hebrews, we are given wise words and the ultimate example to follow: “Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 KJV). The instruction continues: “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled” (Hebrews 12:15 KJV). There is so much wisdom and truth in these verses. The key is keeping my eyes on Jesus and obeying what He tells me to do.
I still have a love/hate relationship with my physical glasses, but now I have a visual reminder to keep my eyes focused on my Lord and Savior. I am so grateful for these words of promise: “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him” (Lamentations 3:21-25 KJV).
I choose to focus on Him. Will you?