Today, I am grateful for something that I take for granted far too often: My ability to see. Indeed, what a gift it is indeed to be able to see and perceive! I cannot fathom what my life would be like if my eyes failed to function in accordance to God’s design. However, I have learned a very important lesson: While sight is valuable in and of itself, the ability to clearly and accurately perceive what goes on around me is more valuable still. Allow me to explain.
About eight years ago, I was working in a job that required me to spend many hours in front of a computer. I started to realize that I was getting headaches and was squinting quite a bit. I went to see my doctor, and he told me that I needed glasses! I was surprised, but was relieved to know that nothing else was the matter. So, I met with my eye doctor and got my first pair of prescription eyeglasses.
Immediately, I was stunned at the difference in my ability to perceive what was happening around me. I noticed veins in leaves; I discerned the words on street signs more readily; and I noticed that things were less blurry in general. Truly, I was struck at how much detail of my day-to-day environment I had missed before, but was incredibly grateful to see everything so clearly with my new glasses.
Honestly, my faith journey is much the same. Usually, I’m walking around with my spiritual “glasses” off, trying to make sense of what’s happening in my life. However, God invites me to put my glasses (or in my case now, contact lenses) back on so I can see things His way. It is only when I have His perspective that I am able to see the troubles and joys of life for what they really are.
I must remember that what I perceive with my naked eye isn’t always accurate. In the same way, my view of what’s happening in my life is not always correct, either. I have to run everything through the lenses of the Bible, prayer, and the wise counsel of discerning others to better understand God’s view on the matter. So I thank God today that I can see: Literally, figuratively, and spiritually.
Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord Jesus, I want to thank You so much for giving me the ability to see. I thank You, Lord, that I have wonderful doctors who were able to get me the glasses and contact lenses I needed when my vision wasn’t quite what it needed to be. Thank You for using this example in my life to show me that this principle also holds true in my spiritual life: Without You and Your guidance, I stumble around, trying to figure things out on my own. Help me to always seek Your perspective first in every area of my life. In the same way that I wear my contact lenses and glasses daily, remind me to keep my spiritual lenses on, so I’m that I’m constantly seeking Your perspective on what’s happening in my life and in the lives of those around me. Thank You, Lord, for loving me and taking such good care of me. In Your name I pray, Amen.