Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Now I See

What a frightening, helpless feeling it must be to be blind. Or to even not be totally blind but just have greatly impaired vision. I have been thinking about it today because I just got home from getting new glasses. I hate getting new glasses! That is, I hate the first part when I have to pick out frames. How can I pick out new frames when I can't tell what I look like with those clear plastic lenses in the frames? This used to be a huge problem for me! I would have to totally depend on the advice of someone else to pick out my new glasses. Then when I got them back with the new lenses and could see for myself what they looked like on me ....I might or might NOT like them! So....this time I took my digital camera with me. My daughter had a day off from work and went with me and took pictures of me with different glasses frames on and then I was able to put my current specs on and pick out which ones I liked. Neat! And today I went to a place that was able to make my glasses with progressive lenses in only 2 hours! We went and had a nice lunch, shopped at the Christian bookstore and came back and picked up my new glasses. The lab tech took the frames and shaped and "tweaked" them so they would fit my ears and nose just right. While sitting there without any glasses and looking at how blurry everything was, I thought about how awful it would be if I didn't have glasses! It would be so bad to not be able to read anything....near or far off.....as I have to have correction for both! I feel like a little kid with a sack of candy with these new glasses! The old ones were so scratched up I could hardly read at all any more. I should have done this months ago!
As I thought about vision problems and how fortunate I am to be able to have mine corrected with eyeglasses, my mind turned to one of the men who Jesus healed of blindness. What a great gift He gave him! The gift of physical sight! The man himself said in John 9: 25, "..one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see." This would seem like a happy ending even if the story stopped there....but there's more to it! A few verses later Jesus heard that there were people that were ridiculing and doubting the man who had been healed. Jesus went and found him ( He still comes looking for us!) and asked if he believed on the Son of God. The man said, "Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?" "And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him." (John 9: 36-38)
For this man to be given physical sight after he had been blind from birth was a huge blessing! But to be given spiritual sight and salvation just a little while later was probably blessing beyond expression! Can't you just imagine him telling his children and his grandchildren about the day when Jesus passed by and his life was changed forever!
I'm so glad that I have my physical vision.....I hope I never take it for granted. But I'm so much more happy and blessed to have been given spiritual sight when Jesus passed my way one day almost thirty years ago and saved my soul. As Christians we should be careful to also do what this man in John did after Jesus saved him...the verse says, "And he worshipped Him." I want to worship the One who has given me my sight....two-fold....physical and spiritual.
"O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker." Psalm 95: 6


Leah said...

Great post, dear friend!! Now we need a picture of you in those fancy, smancy new glasses!!

Progressive lenses---I just got them this year and I still have not decided if I like them. The field of vision for reading is so darn small that I feel like I am watching a tennis match looking back and forth. AND the stinking things were soooo expensive with progressive lenses.

Oh, well, I'm glad you have your new glasses and I'm so thankful that the Lord opens our eyes to see Him if we will just ask!!

Have a great evening.


Joyful said...

Been there, done that! I have experienced exactly what you are describing. In the past, I have taken my twin sister and had HER try on the glasses I want to she how I'll look (*smile*), and I have also taken my teenage son who has similar tastes to his mother, and I've taken his advice - because after all, he wants a 'cool Mom'.

Thanks for reminding me, that more than the physical sight, God has blessed me with spiritual sight. May I not have eyes, but never seeing. May He alone be my one vision.
Be Thou my vision,

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I often feel limited in my vision--being unable to see through my Father's eyes...his plans...his ways...his purpose. I pray for the scales to be removed and for fresher vision to replace my temporal focus.

This is a powerful portion of scripture. Thank you for taking me to it this day.


Alene said...

Thank you so much for the reminder to be thankful for those things I take for granted -- my sight. What a gift our eyes are -- may I open mine to see more of God's glory daily. Thanks girl!