Can I make a teeny-tiny admission? I need glasses. Like really need glasses. When I was younger, the only reason I passed vision tests is because I memorized lines.
I know. I know. I shouldn’t have done that, but I did.
I didn’t want to deal with glasses and contacts, but after many years of making my way to the front of the class to read the chalkboard, I began to realize how important good eyesight is. So during my senior year of high school I started wearing contacts.
That lasted for about two years.
Now that I’m older and a tad bit wiser I’m beginning to realize that it’s time for me to head back to the optometrist. Here’s the thing about my vision: one eye suffers from nearsightedness, the other, farsightedness.
My left eye can see well far away. I have a clear view of “what’s ahead.” I can see distant objects and words but close up – it’s blurry.
My right eye on the other-hand can see close objects in clear, perfect view. I have no problem reading a book or looking at a menu. However, when I try to focus on anything at a distance, I can’t. It’s blurry.
I bet you would agree with me in saying that good eyesight is essential.
But how vital would you rate your spiritual vision?
In our everyday lives, 20/20 vision is important, but I’d argue that when it comes to our spiritual lives, 20/20 vision is imperative.
The vision I’m talking about is the vision that God has for you because God has a plan for your life. That is exactly why you are here on this earth. You may have an idea of what that plan is, you may not. You may be living out that plan right now or maybe not. You may look at your life and think, “God has a plan for me?” The answer is yes. There is a greater reason and purpose you are here. God has given you gifts to open and live out.
It’s important we come to understand what those are and how they fit into our lives. It’s equally important that we live out our lives with a plan in sight – both short-term and long-term.
If we live with a nearsighted view in mind, we live very focused on “today,” and the “here and now.” That’s not a bad thing, but it can be when we lose sight of God’s greater plan for us, the one that will unfold itself years and decades from now as well as into eternity. If we lack vision for the future, we then lack the discipline we need to see God’s plan for our lives prosper.
If we live with a farsighted view, we overlook the present in search of the future. We chase after what God has put on our heart with little regard over our day-to-day lives. The vision for our future may be clear, but we’ll never get there if we stumble over the roadblocks right in front of us.
Spiritual vision is necessary and faith is a crucial element as is focus and balance.
We can focus on today while still keeping an eternal perspective.
We can balance the plan for the future amidst the day-to-day tasks.
How does that look for you?
Is it more time seeking God’s will? Is it less time chasing after tomorrow’s tasks so you can enjoy today? A little more planning? A little less?
Now, I do intend to see an eye doctor for my not-so-good vision, I just haven’t decided when, but I know that when I walk away from the appointment I’ll have better vision.
And in that same way, when we are intentional about seeking God, we can come away with better clarity for the plan He has for our lives and how best to work with Him to see it fulfilled.
Fortunately, God doesn’t correct our vision in the form of wonky glasses or sticky contacts.
Sometimes correction comes in the form of redirection.
Redirecting our focus back to Him.
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” (Psalm 119:18, NIV)
When my vision gets cloudy, I pray for clarity. When I’m unable to focus, lift the fog. When I suffer from spiritual near or farsightedness, give me wisdom in discerning the focus and balance I need to overcome it. More importantly, I come to You today seeking a better understanding of the life and purpose You have planned for me on this earth so that I can live a life of greater purpose.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.