"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our Lord stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

02 March 2006

Spectacles of Truth

I remember as a child when I got my first pair of glasses. As we drove home from the Optometrist I looked out the window of the car and was amazed at how clear the world had become. I would slip the glasses down my nose and look at everything all blurry and then slide the glasses back up and everything would be clear again. For a child that was a pretty amazing discovery.

Fast forward many years to my late-twenties. I had just accepted Jesus as my Savior and like that car ride home as a child with my new pair of glasses, the world around me suddenly became clear. No longer was I seeing my surroundings through my own fuzzy vision but through God’s spectacles of truth.

But like a child with a new pair of glasses, sometimes I seemed to misplace my spectacles of truth. Although my vision was now clear, there were some things I didn’t want to see. Things about myself that would require me to change or to move out of my comfort zone. And there were even times that I felt like hiding my glasses because they made me look different than everyone else. But that didn’t last long.

Over time I learned to love my spectacles of truth more and more. Now I would never take them off because there is nothing worth seeing without them. And I have become so reliant on them that I would be absolutely blind without them. Every now and then I get a little smudge on my spectacles, but eventually I wipe the smudge off or someone wipes it off for me.

Without my spectacles of truth I hate to think of where I could have ended up. Blind, lost, wandering aimlessly like so many others. It makes me sad to see so many that are blind. Perhaps if I wonder around with my spectacles on, I can hope that the blind will see me and understand. But better yet, if I go to the blind and let them look through my spectacles of truth and see the clarity, maybe then they will want their own pair.


Carol said...

I love that analogy! It's like a page out of a devotional, Carrie!

Anonymous said...

Not exactly on the same track, but something that blinds us, for sure.

Holdling grudges, not forgiving. (one of the times in the Bible when we can doubt our salvation is when we don't forgive as the Father forgives)

My favorite t-shirt is from a "celtic-punk-rock-interesting" band, "Flatfoot 56". (been there, done that, have the t-shirt). The shirt is based on lyrics:

"An eye for an eye,
you defied your maker,
an eye for an eye
and we’ll all be blind."

Corina Bowen said...

I love it!! Never thought of it that way.... thanks!

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