One of the aspects of growing older is the fact that my once “perfect vision” isn’t so much perfect anymore. Seems like there isn’t much I can do without wearing glasses to clear up the blur that I see. It seems like it happened overnight but I know the truth… I have been in denial for some time now. At first, I struggled to focus on signs when I was driving at night and then it progressed to squinting when watching TV from the couch. I put it off for as long as I could but I finally had to accept and embrace the fact that I could no longer function without my glasses.
When people see me at work and I have my glasses on they are surprised. I don’t wear or need my glasses at work. I have no problem seeing up close and as I sit in my office and work on the computer all day I have no issues with being able to see. Move something away from me for more than a few feet and it starts to blur and I struggle to see it clearly. It is a common problem for many people… obviously it is called being “near-sighted”. Things up close are clear and in focus but anything far away is blurry and out of focus.
When I think about this I am reminded that in many ways I have been near-sighted for much of my life… but it did not involve my need for glasses. For a portion of my life I was only able to focus on “here” and “now”. Any decisions I made and desires I wanted were a result of my near-sighted focus on my own life. I had very little concern for the big picture and even less about how God fit into the plan for my life.
I have come to the conclusion that we are all near-sighted. We all live with a blurred vision. A blurred vision of what we need to focus on… a blurred vision of those who are lost and do not have a relationship Jesus Christ. In a spiritual sense we all need glasses to see these things clearly. These “spiritual glasses” are evident when our vision is filtered through the truth and wisdom of God’s Word. This is the correction we need for our near-sighted, self-centered vision. God’s Word is meant to give us a clearer vision about the things of life, reality, relationships and the future. God’s Word is the only answer for the hard questions of life that face us. Only His Word can balance out our vision and stop the near-sighted focus we struggle with in our life.
I think we all have a desire to see clearly why God allowed this or that to happen. Why did God take a loved one so young? Why did God allow you to go through a painful divorce or serious health issue? We want answers to those things we can’t see clearly or understand. The sad truth is that some of these vision problems and some of the answers will not be resolved until at last when we see the Lord face to face. We will not know the reasons for some of our questions until we reach the gates of Heaven. In the meantime, we have to use these “spiritual glasses”. We have to have help to see the big picture a little clearer. We may not see the whole picture but it allows us to see the path that God wants for us to follow and in the end, He will answer all questions and will make everything right.
“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see Him face to face and see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”
These words are paraphrased from Paul’s pen in 1 Corinthians 13. He’s writing to describe our vision problem. The things of God and the truths about our world can be fuzzy at best. Paul could understand that we all see poorly when it comes to the things of God. The reality of what is going on around us is sometime so blurry that we fall into the trap of having our focus be near-sighted.
The sad truth is that many continue to deny they need any help with seeing God’s plan for their life. They go through life in denial of needing a relationship with Jesus Christ. They would rather go through this life bumping and running into the obstacles of life. Instead of trusting a loving God, they choose to blame Him for the trials and difficult times in this life. God makes it very clear that life on this earth will be hard. He never promises us an easy time. What He does do is promise us that He is walking with us and in times of extreme trial He carries us.
What’s sad to me is that so many Christians live their life struggling with near-sightedness. That does not need to happen. Jesus once healed a man of blindness who said, “I see men, but they look like trees.” Jesus once more touched him until he could see clearly. He now could see what God wanted him to see. God has a vision for you. He wants you to follow and clearly see the path that He has laid out for you. Yes, it will be filled with stumbling-blocks and stepping-stones and it will be spotted with hard times along with good times. In the end, when we see Jesus face to face we will be able to see God’s plan and hopefully, a legacy of honor and footprints of faithfulness in the life we lived.
The question for you today is, “Is your vision blurry?”