Sunday, December 21, 2008

Do You See What I See?

Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.
Psalm 119:18)

Maybe it’s because of the sermon I heard today on 1 John 2:7-11 or maybe it’s because of a poem a dear friend read to me that John Milton wrote after he had gone blind. Whatever the reason, my mind has been focusing (pun intended) on vision today; specifically, spiritual vision and how it parallels physical vision. Here are a few thoughts:
  • We must have light to see. If there is no light, we will stumble around in the darkness and will not be able to see where we are going. Likewise, God’s Word gives us light for our path. It helps us to see the correct way to go and guides our steps in the right direction.

  • We are not born with 20/20 vision. An infant starts off with a very limited visual field and a poor ability to discriminate color. As he ages, his vision gains strength and clarity. Likewise, at the moment of our spiritual re-birth, we are not given full spiritual insight into every truth. We must read, study, pray, and sit under solid biblical teaching to improve our spiritual vision.

  • Not everyone’s vision is the same. Some people may be able to see clearly, even at great distances; others need bifocals; still others may not be able to see at all. Likewise, we all have varying degrees of spiritual insight. However, we should not think ourselves better than someone else because we have been better taught or have more spiritual insight than they do on a particular topic. Would you go up to a blind person and belittle them for not seeing something in their path? Of course not! You would help to guide them around the object in their path so that they would not stumble.

  • Generally speaking, our physical vision degenerates over time. Ideally, our spiritual vision should improve over time.

  • Some people need corrective lenses (contacts or glasses) to see properly. Without those lenses, everything is fuzzy. Spiritually speaking, we ALL need the Holy Spirit to help us understand truth. Without His help, we will not interpret what we read correctly and will have a fuzzy, distorted view of the world around us.

  • Sometimes, people develop cataracts that block their vision. From a spiritual standpoint, there are sometimes specific areas to which we are blind, either because the truth is too hard for us to understand or too painful to accept. Just as cataracts must be surgically removed by a skilled physician, so must these blockages in our spiritual vision be removed by the Great Physician.

  • When you can see clearly, sometimes what you see is unpleasant (for example, the dirt in your house that needs to be cleaned, etc.). Likewise, when we see clearly with spiritual eyes, we sometimes see sin in our lives that is unpleasant to acknowledge. But it is always better to be aware of the problems so that they can be dealt with.
Lord, please open my eyes so that I may see clearly the wondrous things You have revealed in Your Word. Enlighten my path, keep me from stumbling, and help me to always be sensitive to where others are in their spiritual walk with You so that I can help them avoid obstacles in their path.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

(At­trib­ut­ed to Dal­lan For­gaill, 8th Cen­tu­ry)

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