I posted this about a year ago.
Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law .
. . Do not hide Your commandments from me . . . Your servant meditates on Your
statutes. Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors.
After all these years I
still don't like wearing them. Never have. I always feel as if I am about to
step wrong on the stairs or off the sidewalk. But because I can no longer read without them, reading
glasses have become a necessary part of my attire. I always carry them with me
– usually in my shirt pocket.
where they were, in my shirt pocket, while my wife and I enjoyed our meal at a
local Italian restaurant. It wasn't until an hour later, when we were about to
leave, that my eyes started burning from strain and I put the glasses on.
Then, for the first time that evening, I saw them: Water droplets on my iced tea glass, spots of tomato sauce beneath
my plate, creases in the table cloth . . . . how did I sit at the table for nearly an
hour and not notice them? Stains and wrinkles which had blurred into nondescript
shadows suddenly danced and shouted for attention. For a few moments I played with my
glasses, shifting them on my nose, marveling at how different things look when
you can really see.
then I recognized a spiritual parallel.
many spots and wrinkles within the fabric of our lives blur into unrecognizable
shadows because we neglect to wear our spiritual glasses? When our Bibles lie
closed on the bookshelf and we view our world and our life through the filters of friends and news
broadcasts, sitcoms, movies and newspapers, is it any wonder that the crisp
lines of God's "Thou Shalt Not" blur into "Maybe it's ok"?
The Lord Jesus is coming for a people without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27;
2 Peter 3:14), and He warned those who claim to have sight – but in reality are
blind – to receive from Him salve to anoint their eyes that they may see (Rev
3: 17, 18).
If there ever was a time to see, it is now. If there ever was a time to acquire
some salve, it is now. It is time we reopen His word and seek a clearer vision
of His truth and not the culture’s.
Otherwise we risk being frightfully ashamed at His return because of our unrecognized stains and wrinkles
-- unrecognized because we left our spiritual glasses in our pockets or closed on the