I recently started a new job working in an eye clinic. I have been trying to familiarize myself with some of the “vision terminology” because it is all new to me.
When I was reading the definition of astigmatism I found that it is an optical defect where the vision is blurred due to the inability of the optics of the eye to focus on a point object into a sharp focused image. Blurred vision, the inability to focus the object into a sharp focused image....hmmm. What about my image to be like Christ? Am I focused enough on Christ and his leading that others may see a sharp image of Christ in me?
I Corinthians 13:12 says “For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (KJV) I am not the image of Christ that I want to be right now. One day I will be all that Christ intended me to be. When I see my Savior face to face then I will reach my maturity and have perfect knowledge. Only then will I be all that Christ intended me to be. Until that time I must keep my eyes on the goal and not on the means of achieving that goal.
My heart's desire is to be more like Christ. This prayer reflects this desire, so from my heart to yours:
Dear Lord I want to be just like you.
When I look into the mirror I see my face
When I look into my spiritual mirror, I want to see your grace.
You are the perfect example of what each of us should be
Yes, fruit of the spirit is what you want from me.
You have left me your Word to be my daily guide
But the changes in me begin on the inside.
Being like you is no easy task
But you have promised to help if I will only ask.
To be like you is a lofty goal,
I must commit to you my body, mind and soul.
Trudging through this life gets very hard sometimes
The path that we walk is like a land mine
There is always something or someone to hinder our way
Look at the Christian they often will say
I don’t see anything different in their life from mine.
I can’t see being a Christian is anything fine.
Perfection I know I can never achieve
But I must keep striving and always believe
That every chisel in my armor makes me more like your image
Whatever pain and struggle I find on this pilgrimage
Will be worth all of the failures and frustration I’ve felt
If I can find favor when before you I’ve knelt
Help me to let you be the potter and me be the clay
And allow You to mold me and shape me each way
And when you are finished may the sharp image I see
Be all You Lord and nothing of me.
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