Mark 10:52 NLT
"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Well, it has happened. I have come to that point in my life when I need bifocals.
I have worn contact lenses since my early twenties. Recently I transitioned to mono-vision contacts (one contact for nearsightedness and one for distance). But I found myself wearing 'cheater readers' to be able to see up close. I am a ‘bad’ lens wearer. My example is first on the list of what not to do when wearing contact lenses. I lived in them. Day, night, twenty-four hours a day... the only time I would remove them is when I got something in my eye, or had a splitting headache.
I simply do not like glasses sitting on my face. It is not a matter of vanity. There are many choices in eyewear fashions. Though admittedly, most are too expensive for my budget. It's just that when looking anywhere else, except straight ahead through the lens, I am looking outside the area where my vision is clear.
So it is when we do not keep our eyes on Jesus. When we try to view the world without the help of Jesus' 'corrective vision', life gets out of focus. It is then that we need to look again straight ahead toward Jesus. Through His eyes, our vision becomes clear again.
Psalm 119:18 NLT
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Also, there are times when it is necessary to look in a tight spot somewhere, an awkward area, like deep inside a cabinet or inside of a machine, and BAM! I have hit them on the surface of whatever the particular difficult area it may be. Then is when it's necessary to back away, re-adjust the glasses and continue on, making sure I don't try to put my face where it will not fit with the glasses on it.
Life is rather like that, as well. We go along living our life walking along the path Jesus is leading us on and BAM! Suddenly we find ourselves in a place where our faith and life collide.
We may find ourselves trying to go where living as a Christian simply does not fit. Our corrective ‘Jesus’ lenses, are telling us we need to back away, re-adjust, and not attempt to go places where His vision clearly indicates we do not belong.
It is not by divine healing that I am able see. It is by the consistent use of corrective lenses. I need them all the time, to be able to see clearly. A consistent walk with Jesus is necessary, to see life clearly through His eyes. As surely as I need my corrective lenses so that I can read, drive and work, I need Jesus to help me to keep striving to live a life following His example of holiness. I am unable to live holiness if I am unable to see it. I am unable to see it if I do not stay close to Jesus ... through prayer and in the reading of His word.
Lord, please help me never to go anywhere without putting on Your corrective lenses. Help me to stay away from the things that get in the way of my desire to follow You. I know my vision will remain clear as long as I consistently look through Your eyes.
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