Trifocals

February 6, 2000

1 Corinthians 13:12 – What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete — as complete as God's knowledge of me. (GNB)

Recently I discovered that I was having difficulty reading letters and numbers on the computer screen. Four years ago I had a similar experience. I was having difficulty reading smaller print in any form. The letters were not clear. I went to see my optometrist for an eye examination. He prescribed bifocals. My new glasses made a big difference! I could read small print and also signs that were some distance away. Both were made clear.

This year I made another visit to my optometrist. He prescribed trifocals. The computer screen had become dim. I could not see the complete picture without difficulty. I am pleased that trifocals help me to see fine print, computer screens, and words at a distance.

Although the purpose of trifocals is to help us to see clearly, we can also think of trifocals as "three in one." We look through one of three different parts of a glass lens, depending on our need to see certain things close up, on a computer screen, or in the distance.

Trifocals can serve to remind us of the triune God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are "three in one." We turn to each person at different times depending on our need. When we need to experience the love and forgiveness of our heavenly Father we turn to God the Father who loves us as we are and forgives our sins. When we need a companion to travel with us in times of pain and suffering we turn to God the Son who endured more pain and suffering than any other. When we need wisdom we turn to God the Spirit who reveals the truth.

Prayer: God, we are thankful to you for providing for improved vision by giving us different lenses, single, bifocal, and trifocal. Thank you for revealing yourself in three persons — God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit — to help us see more clearly who you are. Amen.

About the author:

Mary Jane Hanson <mjh013@sasktel.net>
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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