Blurred Vision

Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (ESV)

Zoë usually walks to her nearby school. In the gloomy month of December, she went off in too much hurriedness, and in the process, she forgot her watch. A few minutes after she left, I noticed it on the bathroom radiator. So, being a dad, I rushed out to the car, drove up the road to catch her, pulled over, and handed her the wristwatch to put on. She took it, and off I went back home.

A simple little story, but further to this, I was not one hundred percent myself either. Being under the weather, I had gone out to the car, and in my haste, I had forgotten to put on my glasses. As a result, everything in the distance was a blur. I was not going far, and my eyesight is not that bad, so I thought that I would keep going to catch her before Zoë arrived at a busy junction further up the road.

Having succeeded in my mission, I did a U-turn in a nearby cul-de-sac and was about to pull out, when out of the gloom, a car came near. All I could see were the headlight beams, and without my glasses, my vision was blurred. I could not easily judge the speed of the car, so I did the sensible thing, waited until the car had passed, and then went back home. Phew! On my return, I headed straight for my glasses and put them on. Then, I set about getting Sophia off to her primary school, driving to where we used to live. Rush, rush, rush.

On the way back home, as I sat in the lines of rush-hour traffic, I had a moment to reflect upon how all too often I forget to find time in the morning to receive God's focus for life's little journeys before I rush out into the day. Not putting time aside for the influence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit's perspective on my life has caused my decision-making to become a bit blurred. Danger lurks, all because my focus is a bit hazy through the influence of the world and my natural selfishness. I have not re-aligned my thoughts in tune with God and His Word. Yes, reading the Bible at the start of the day is a good place to invite the presence of Jesus in to quiet our rushing about. However, I have found that it requires a submissive heart and a willing attitude to allow the Holy Spirit's influence on and into our thoughts and beings.

Today, let's take advantage of the benefits that come from focusing on the love of God for us. We can do this even in the rushing about by taking a moment — in a queue, in a waiting room, or during a lunch break. Our God knows us and wants to bring His influence to bear in us and with us when we call on Him in prayer. To me, rushing into the day without a thought for God is like leading with the chin: sooner or later it will end in tears, so why do it?

Prayer: Lord, here we are again, rushing in before Your throne like children who know that they have not complied with a call as fast as they could have done. You are worthy of more praise and thanks than we have been troubled to give. We have no excuse, but Your nature is to have mercy, and as our Father, You are always passionate to receive us with open arms through Jesus' invitation. May we find acceptance, rest for our souls, and peace in our hearts by being in Your presence. Then, as we give You honour and affirm Your lordship over us, grant our minds a godly wisdom for what lies in the day ahead. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    May it be so, Rod.

    Amen Rod.

    Thank you, Rod for a thoughtful, well-told message today.

    Ah yes, the glasses – the better to see with in so many ways!!!

    A message well worth remembering. Thank you for writing. And happy year of the rat!

    Thanks, Rod, for sharing this learning experience with us. Did you remember your glasses today? Blessings

    When I first started reading today’s Devotional, I thought “that sounds like my friend Rod Marshall”, and sure enough, it was you. Good one, Rod. Keep on keeping on.
    Your Stateside friend.

    Thank you once again for a timely message. I must have been rushing when I got stopped speeding 3 days ago. What 72 yr. old lady speeds?!? I got the ticket, my first. This reminds me how necessary it is to have time with God and scripture at the beginning of every day.

    Good Morning Rod,
    What a ‘clear’ message! I found it so easy to relate as I, too, need glasses for clarity in distance! Thanks for reminding me to take time to receive “God’s focus for life’s little journeys” so my vision isn’t blurred, especially when making decisions!

    Hello Rod,
    Thanks for writing this devotional. A very good reminder to us of how improved our day can be, by connecting with our Lord before we get rushing about, and true that even taking a few moments to pause and give thanks to the Lord for His constant care and love makes a great difference in our day.

    Hi Rod,
    Your girls are blessed with you as a father… with or without your glasses. I recently had cataract surgery and am amazed that I can read, etc., without glasses. You are not old enough for that yet.
    We live 12 miles from town, Curving road; and I TRY to take that time to spent with the Lord. The traffic is always light as we are in a rural area. That time seems to work best for me.
    Blessings to you and those you love.

    Thank you so much for a soundly blessed and blessing devotional.
    Keep writing.

    Good evening Rod. Thank you so much for your devotional today. This reminder is absolutely on the mark. While I am retired, I still do little jobs and often on my way to work, I shut the sound system off and have a prayer time with the Lord, asking him to go before me throughout the day. But some days, I just get going and forget to invite the Lord in.
    At night when I attempt to say my prayers, I thank him for the day and often fall asleep before I am finished. I feel bad because the Lord deserves so much more than that.
    But for the grace of God go I.
    Thank you for your message. I needed that reminder.

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