Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.
Lamentations 3:40 NIV
I can see without my glasses. Ok, that’s not quite true. I can see people and places, but if I want to see details or read the very small print they put in the phone book, I need glasses. Not wanting to admit that age was creeping up on me, I broke down and visited the optometrist to see if I needed readers or bifocals. He clicked different lenses first in front of my left eye, then in front of my right eye, saying, “Is this better or worse?” We went through this assessment many more times until he found the correct prescription for my glasses. When I put them on, I was surprised at the details I could clearly see! I could not only read fine print, but marveled as I rediscovered the delicate beauty of my roses, the miniature veining on leaves, and a sprinkling of freckles on my daughter’s nose. On the flip side, I also saw details that I didn’t like. Now I could clearly see dirt where I thought I had eradicated and wrinkles where I thought there was none. The Lord tells us to examine our ways so we can return to Him. We need our spiritual eyes to be given the correct prescription so that as we read the Bible, we will clearly see. Not only the beauty we are missing but the sin and ugliness we might tend to ignore or glance over.
Thought for the Day: Sharpen my vision
Test my spiritual vision and correct my spiritual eyes, O Lord, that I might truly see things the way you see things.
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Thank you, Cindy - feeble sounding words, but truly meant. I often delete the Faithwriters Blog email - without reading it. Sometimes the world of emails gets overwhelming. Today I did not delete it, I opened it, and I read it. I was first caught by the picture of glasses on The Bible, and I will return to your article simply to ponder on your picture. I did not "get" the title until I read the article. I have worn glasses since I was six years old - first eye exam in grade 1 !! I guess for those first years of my life I managed my world - knowing nothing different. My Dad took me to pick up my glasses. When we arrived home - wow! A new world! I complimented my Mom on her new pretty blouse - it wasn't new - I just had never seen the paisley pattern before! I could read the cereal boxes while they were still on the shelf. Amazing world. And yes, we do need our spiritual eyes to discover what the Lord has for us each day in the Bible. The Lam 3:40 is new to me - but my goodness it is powerful. I do need to examine my ways to return fully to the Lord after struggling with illness this past year. Your Bible reference, and your article made that "clear" to me. Thank You. I am actually reading the Bible this year - front to back. I found a website offering Daily Readings that would bring us to the end of the year. I am about a month behind, but loving it! I know the Bible is not a true chronological book, but it is an interesting way to read it. And today, it has been made clear to me, by your article, that it is one way for me to return fully to Our Lord. Wishing you many Blessings this day, Cindy. Patricia