I Can See Clearly Now
Posted June 26, 2008
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8
I had to break down and get eyeglasses not long ago. The day I went to pick up my glasses I was just amazed when I put them on. I could see so clearly.
My husband had driven me to the eye doctor's office and on the way home I kept reading all the signs along the way. There were so many things just on that short ride home that I couldn't see clearly before. I think I sort of annoyed my husband. Did I tell you I was reading--out loud? I was like a little kid with a new toy.
I began singing that old song, "I Can See Clearly Now". Being able to clearly see the words on signs and everything around me made such a big difference to me.
When I came home the computer and TV were so much more clearer. Wow! Jeopardy is so much more fun now because I can actually read the words even before Alex has a chance to finish saying them.
It is almost startling how much of a difference a pair of glasses can make. I guess I didn't realize how quick and how far my eyesight had slid downhill. I was used to looking at things through blurry eyes. Everything had been out of focus for so long that in my mind I had grown to believe that it was normal.
It was kind of frightening to come to the realization that being out of focus had become normal for me. I'm sure we get that way spiritually too. There are so many things in this old world that can cause us as Christians to have blurry vision. Sin can really cloud things up so we don't see clearly.
Here are some eye remedies:
For Spiritual Blindness
If you've never accepted Christ and you are going through this world as blind to the things of God, open your eyes by giving your life over to Christ. A whole new world will open up for you.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4: 3,4
For Overly Dry Eyes
If you find you have no feelings for anything or for others around you, look through Christ's eyes of compassion and show your Christian love and you'll start to see the people in a new way.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 1 Peter 4:8,9
If you find yourself constantly down, depressed and in tears, learn to be content. You'll be amazed at your outlook on life when you become content.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11
If you've gotten where you can't tell right from wrong, focus on the study of the Word of God more. It will set boundaries for you and give you a clearer vision and help you with your decision making.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
If life looks a little distorted to you and things aren't going like you think they should, pray more. It will bring things back into perspective and allow you to view life in a different way.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7
Objects In Your Eyes
Find you easily judge and criticize others? Work on yourself first and get your own life in order.
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. Matthew 7:1-5
Living life only in the here and now? Start focusing on eternity and realize what's really important.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
I'm sure I need to work on some of these things for my spiritual eyesight. I know I'd better not wait too long for a eye check up because life passes so quickly.
Just in my physical need for eyeglasses, I realize how out of focus things can really get when you don't get help for your eyes in a timely manner.
So, are you out of focus?
Copyright ©2008 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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