I have a problem. My vision is skewed. It’s not just blurry, it’s downright terrible. I see life through a blurred lens. This is my daily reality. Why not wear glasses you ask? Why not wear your contacts you wonder? Well, I’ll tell you.
A) My glasses are scratched so wearing them only reminds me of the small wild
animals children that have grayed my hair and diminished my sight and played with my glasses like they were a cricket bat. B) Touching one’s pupil is just…terrifying. We all have our quirks. There’s one of a million of mine. You’re welcome for the insight. In fact, while typing these words I am squinting so that I can see clearly.
Ah, to see clearly. What a gift!
I began having these thoughts a few years ago when a friend asked me if I wanted healing for anything in my body. I wracked my brain for any ailment I could think of and couldn’t come up with anything. I suddenly felt the Holy Spirit remind me of my glasses. In full disclosure, I thought to myself, “Yes, I’m needing a new prescription! I’ll ask my friend to pray for finances for new glasses!” I did. They prayed. I got new glasses.
This story goes through my mind often as I remember how very patient and gentle God is with us. God wasn’t reminding me of my glasses so that I could get an upgrade in the latest eyewear. He very gently was showing me that I had become comfortable and complacent in my inadequacy. When God, the same God who heals the blind, could instantaneously perfect my eyesight was offering me the opportunity to put my trust in Him to see with complete CLARITY I still opted for my comfortable position. In fact, I went to great lengths to accommodate my dim vision. I had become so accustomed to seeing with a blurry perspective that I couldn’t fathom wholeness.
I believe God is always extending His Promises to us to take us higher, fuller, and more complete in Him. Too often, though, I am comfortable and even regretfully delighting in my lack of vision that I forget that God always has MORE available to me each and every day. (cue panicked emoji face!)
It’s like hiking Table Mountain and claiming you’re at the top when you’ve barely even begun the hike. (Although, come on…hiking is hard.) I couldn’t boast of mountain top views and the beauty of the city below if I camped out along the trail and called it done! In the same way, God is offering us a clear perspective through His Son, Jesus. Every circumstance, every situation, anything and everything that comes our way God is affording us the opportunity to see it through His eyes of love. He has overcome the world. We can uproot ourselves from our entrenched comfort zones and risk on God. He always comes through and offers us an upgrade. That upgrade is typically friendship with God and Hope that always renews!
We can put our hope in God because He does not disappoint! The Bible promises in Isaiah 49:23 that those who put their hope in God will never regret it. God has fully equipped us for the task! He does not merely offer us hope, momentary and fleeting, He is Hope! Hope is a man and His name is Jesus!
We simply have to accept the upgrade to clear vision and let go of our satisfaction with blurred sights.
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 it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us! –1 Corinthians 13:12
By Ashley Kennedy, pastor Antioch Cape Town