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I finished washing my face and searched the counter with my hand for my glasses. Ah, there they are.
Putting them on didn’t bring the usual clarity I was used to, but a strange vision of colored lights and blurred objects.
Water spots on both of the lenses distorted my view and created a surreal world before my eyes.
Cleaning and drying the glasses, of course, brought everything back into the right perspective and I went on with my day.
This morning during my devotions, my mind kept wandering, thinking about all the things I had to “do” today and the urgency of my all-important to-do list. Definitely my heart and patience wasn’t in my bible reading. I was not paying attention and to be honest, skimmed the lesson in front of me.
Then I recalled yesterday’s relatively minor incident with my glasses. Odd memory to come up at this time, I thought.
Lord, is there something You are trying to tell me?
I knew God was nudging me to explore and to dig a little deeper, not rushing off into the work of the day.
Remember of the story where a blind man to brought to Jesus and when first touched by the Lord, he still couldn’t see clearly? I looked it up, found it in Mark 8:22-25 and read it again.
They bring the blind man to Jesus. Jesus leads him out of town. He spits on his hands and puts his hands on the blind man.
“What do you see?”asks Jesus.
“I see men as trees, walking,” answered the man.
Jesus put His hands on his eyes a second time and the man saw clearly.
When I first put on my glasses in my mindless hurry to get on with the day, things appeared blurry and skewed the images before me. I had to stop, recognize what was happening, clean the lens, and try once again.
Ouch! Too often I make judgments based on the first thing I see.
I rushed through my readings and my time with others, not really seeing the truth before me.
I wonder how frequently my eyes see the false distortions in life and not God’s reality. How often I need to look again – a second time to see clearly.
My prayer for this week is for God to put His hands on my eyes as often as He needs to so I can see His world as He created. I pray for wisdom to pay attention and for my eyes not only to be opened, but to notice everything the Lord places before me. And please, Lord give me the patience and wisdom to look a second time.
Heal my eyes, Lord.