Vision testing: can you see this?
I have poor eyesight. Any object more than two feet away from my eyes is blurry. I started wearing glasses at the age of 13. As soon as I was old enough I switched to contacts. I prefer wearing contacts instead of glasses because it makes me feel free, like I can really see. When I wear contacts I forget I have poor eyesight. I feel normal, healthy. I used to sleep with my contacts and wake up being able to see, as if nothing was wrong with my eye sight. With glasses, it’s a different story. I have to put them on each morning and take them off at night.
Lately I’ve been wearing glasses a lot more often instead of my contacts. I found a cute new pair that I really enjoy, so that helps. This morning, as I woke up, I started preparing things around my place getting ready for the day. I’m not a morning person, which means I’m awfully slow and a little dazed when I first wake up. I headed down stairs to get water and food to make breakfast and I realized something was wrong. The stairs were a little harder to handle this morning and I couldn’t really get my bearings. I felt dizzy. Then it hit me, “I’m not wearing my glasses”. For me, I couldn’t get very far without realizing I needed my glasses. I just couldn’t see very much and would feel out of sorts.
I wonder how often that happens to us in our spiritual lives, when we forget our vision. Many times we can become spiritually near sighted, focused only on those things right in front of our faces, what we CAN see. By faith God asks us to look beyond our own sight and see his plans and purposes for us. I see the Holy Spirit as our glasses, or contacts, the vehicle through which we can have the vision of God. We are limited in our human understanding and view of what’s ahead, but God is limitless. By His Spirit we can see what He sees. Isn’t that exciting?! There is so much more ahead that we as people cannot even imagine, but God gives us the ability to know it as well, if we come to Him and desire to see through His eyes.
One tragedy for the Body of Christ is when we lose our vision. We take off our spiritual glasses and forget to put them back on. We walk around with limited understanding and insight, while we have the capability to see boundlessly and eternally. Maybe it’s time for us to get Lasik surgery, a transformation of our vision. I deeply desire to know the ways and vision of God beyond my limits. I know God has an even greater desire for us, His bride, to have his vision and heart.
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