Vision. Have you ever been challenged by poor vision? As a young girl, I had a lazy eye and wore glasses before I even knew how to read. Years went by and fortunately I could see well enough to get by without glasses~ fortunately because vanity would never have allowed for that as a teenager! But as I have aged it is impossible to see clearly without my contacts or my spectacles. It’s amazing how much my vision is impacted by whether or not I am wearing my glasses. But I also realize that the way I see things is also impacted by the glasses I wear.
The other day I hit a crisis in the middle of a real estate transaction. So much about this transaction has been challenging and the line of people affected by the outcome long. Stress and emotions were high. Nerves were shot. I left the city building department in a fog, unable to cope with the news that our transaction might be delayed for weeks with thousands of dollars added to the cost. Then I had my meltdown. Tears streamed down my cheeks and I knew a panic attack was not far away. This problem just seemed so impossible, so outside my control, so exhausting. I was tired of it all! As I sat in my car, the tears and emotions had so clouded my contacts that I couldn’t see clearly ~ my vision was a mess.
I called a loving friend who coaxed me back from the emotional ledge and when my vision cleared I went on my way. It took a day to recover from the blow of the bad news but when I did I came to see things a little differently. What I had viewed as a crisis and an insurmountable problem is really just an inconvenience. Yes, the deals may fall apart. We might have to start over. People will be upset. Money will be spent. Needed income won’t be realized. But no one will be homeless or destitute ~ just inconvenienced. For us the income may come later ~ but God is my provider for today.
You see, I realized that when the crisis hit, I grabbed the wrong glasses. Have you ever accidentally put on someone else’s glasses? Awful, isn’t it? Well, I picked up the glasses of the enemy who would love to cloud my vision with thoughts of doom and worry. Glasses that narrow your focus to the temporary and fleeting. Thank God that I found the right glasses and got my vision back! God’s glasses are the right prescription for every vision problem you have. God’s glasses give you a broader view, they allow you to see truth, to distinguish between a real problem and a mere inconvenience. Most importantly, they allow you to see things from a heavenly perspective. My friend, let me ask you, have you had your vision checked lately? Maybe, like me, you have grabbed the wrong glasses.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor 5:7