Sometimes it is just time. Things begin to take shape and you hadn’t even noticed that it was out of focus until you realize that now you can see better. I remember the day I got my first pair of glasses. I was thirteen. My parents decided it was time to take me to the eye doctor. I had been getting closer and closer to the TV to watch our shows. I couldn’t really read the chalkboard at school. I hadn’t been concerned, that is just how I saw; but my wise parents knew it was time.
Off to the eye doctor, my mom and I went and sat in the waiting room until a gentle older man came out to greet us. I sat in the chair and the doctor swung machine things in front of my face for me to look through. “Read the smallest line of letters on the wall”, he said. Click, click, clickity- click, he turned the dials on the machine, “can you see them better or worse?” he asked me. He shined a bright light into my eyes and said be still not to blick. Are you serious? I thought. A person’s first reaction to a bright shining light in you eye is to BLINK! and move away. I was a good little girl and did as I was told.
He and my mother talked, filled out papers, and the lady at the counter told us to come back next week.
Next week came and we were sitting again in the waiting room of the eye doctor. When it was our turn, we went back to the examination room and the doctor came bearing a gift. My first pair of glasses. He put them on me and stepped back…. I don’t know that words can really describe what I felt at that moment. To say that I could see doesn’t seem adequate. Nonetheless, I could SEE!!!! See clearly that is, I wasn’t blind, I was used to everything being fuzzy all the time. I didn’t think about it, that is how I saw things. So now! WOW! I could see!
We got in the car and as mom drove us home, I was looking at everything as if I had never seen it before. Did you know you could see the individual leaves on the trees? Before it was a green mass of color…like a kindergardner’s rendition of an apple tree.
I kept taking my glasses off to look and then putting them back on to SEE! I’ll never forget that day. My mom didn’t say much, she just smiled, glad that she was able to help me in this. She said things like “of course” and “yes, I know” .. she didn’t really understand the life change that had been given to me. My mom always had good eyes. In her later years she began using reading glasses, but for distance .. she always saw clearly. If you wear glasses or contacts, you know. One moment you see fuzzy the next everything comes into focus. That day, 36 years ago, is etched in my memory.
This is a wonderful story of how our lives are with the LORD — or should be — when we surrender and trust the LORD in every detail of our life. We will see more clearly, it may be bit by bit but we will. I think we’ll be going around heaven looking at things as if we never had proper eyesight, ever. What a day that will be!!
For now, today, we trust the LORD to lead and guide us into all truth. (John 16:13)
This wasn’t what I had planned to write today, but maybe it is a blessing for you. Maybe you can relate and the LORD is reminding you that He’s got you. He knows what you have need of before you ask him. As adults, we seem to lose our focus much more quickly. The cares of the world entangle us and blur our sight. We are going through our days coloring in a big blob and hoping to get the details right. It’s time to see and we can only do that with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. Now don’t get weird here…it’s not about hearing voices in your head, it’s about running to the ONLY source of truth to find the answer to every thing. What is that source? It is the written Word of God, ie the Bible. John 17:17 (We, at this Granny’s House, use the KJV. You should, too. Look it up )
So there it is. Time to see. And I thought I would be telling the story of Scruffy the mouse. He’s a patient mouse .. mostly.
What I will tell you is that I’m learning every day about the importance of running to the LORD for everything. Like Paul, I would say,
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. “ -Philippians 3:12-14
My journey and the lessons I am learning may encourage you in your journey. My hope is that these little posts will nudge you toward your only hope: the LORD Jesus Christ: the Righteous, Redeemer, Merciful, Faithful, Master, closer than a brother, Friend, and the King of Kings!!