20/20 Vision

September 7, 2006
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Ephesians 1:18 – The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. (KJV)

Ever since I was fourteen years old, I have worn glasses for a medical condition. I go every year to have a check-up to monitor this. This year when I went, I was met with a surprise. My glasses are bifocals, and I was asked to read, with my glasses on, the chart at the end of the room. The optometrist was standing beside me as I did this, and he then asked me to read it again. After repeating this process a few times, I was getting a little concerned. How hard is it to read a bunch of letters on an eye chart? To my knowledge, I was doing this correctly. He then asked me hold my head in a certain position and do it again. As I did this, the whole chart went blurry, and I could not read it. He then said, "Read it again your way", which I did, and I was able to do it.

He then shared with me that I was using only the bifocal part of my glasses for all my reading, both up close and distant. I was not using the top portion of my glasses at all. I wondered how this could have happened without my even noticing, and he explained that over the year, there would have been a gradual deterioration in my eyes, and more and more I would have relied on the bifocal — the stronger part of my glasses — for both distance and up-close work. He explained that I would have been adjusting my head to use the lower part of my glasses to see. In fact, as I wait for my new glasses to come, I am now aware that I am holding my head upward to look out towards the computer screen to see.

How often we go through our day and our spiritual walk not noticing the subtle changes in our time spent with our Father! Then someone comes along and points out our practice to us. We then become aware of what we are doing, and we make the changes to re-align ourselves with the Father. Things become clearer, and we begin to walk with a new and clearer vision before us.

Prayer: Dear God, we thank You that we are always able to come back to You and have our vision re-aligned. Thank You for the people along the way who are also there to help us in our walk and to point things out for us. Thank You for sending Your Son to die for us so that one day we will stand before You and see You clearly in all Your splendour and glory. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
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