I went to have my eye exam earlier this week. I haven't gone to the eye doctor in a good 4 years - it's just that my prescription hasn't changed in many years so I didn't really see a need...haha.
So one of the first things they needed for me to do was to take out my contact lenses. After that a couple of tests were done, then I needed to sit in the exam room and wait for the doctor. As I sat in the exam room with everything "foggy" and "blurry" I became extremely aware of how much I despise not being able to see clearly. I mean, there is usually less than 60 seconds a day that I can't see clearly and it is the time between when I take my contacts out and put my glasses on, or when I take my glasses off and put my contacts in. I have shared on here before my little secret about sleeping with my glasses on...I just don't like getting up at night and not being able to see the time on the clock...or not seeing which child is standing at my bedside...or any of the various things I need to see at night. Yes, I could put the glasses on my bedside table, but unless you have trouble seeing you may not understand the discomfort in not being able to see when you open your eyes.
So I sat in the exam room waiting for the doctor and I could only see in blurred vision for a time (really not liking that experience). I began to think about thousands of years ago and how people probably just had to struggle with poor vision...they didn't have much help with this issue. I suppose people get use to what they have to get use to. I also thought about people in very poor countries who may not have access to good eye care - and I began to thank God for the ministry of those missionaries and doctors who help people in those countries. I said a prayer of thanks to God that he's helped people over the years to develop great ways for us to see clearly.
As I sat there and said that prayer of thanks, the words "ways for us to see clearly," rang in my brain. I began to think about how God has given us so many ways, opportunities, people, means, tools, books, HIMSELF...every possible thing on earth to help us see more clearly ... spiritually speaking. He continues on a daily basis to send people or words or events our way to show us HIS LOVE, HIS GRACE, HIS WISDOM, and HIS POWER. How is it that our prescriptions can be so off sometimes...how is it that with all of HIS PERFECTNESS we can not see Him clearly sometimes? I guess we tend to "take our glasses off" and "sit them on the bedside stand" - then we can only see in blurred vision through all the fogginess of the world, the media, the politics, the hate, the sadness and sorrow we've encounterred.
Let's remember to ask God each day to help us see Him clearly. Then, put our glasses on and focus on the perfect vision of His Love and guidance for us in our lives.