The words you are about to read — forewarning — are incredibly cheesy, but it is my task to write them. Because I feel like God has breathed life onto something so simple and ordinary as He always does for me.
So here it is.
I got eyeglasses.
Which, let me just put out there, I was really stoked about. I’m that person, or rather, hipster (let’s be honest with ourselves) who has always wanted to need glasses.
Nonetheless, this little “dream” of mine came true the other day.
One eye exam, a trip to my local Warby Parker annex (where dozens of frames jumped to and from my face before coming to a decision), and an expedited shipping request later, I’ve got myself a neat pair of specs.
Putting on prescription glasses for the first time though was not what I had imagined it would be. I figured they would be perfect. That everything would be aces and rainbows. I thought I would just stand in awe of how clear everything looked as I affixed them on my face. Little did I know, with glasses come an “adjustment period,” much of which would be accompanied by discomfort.
And boy, let me tell you, have I been uncomfortable.
So much so, all I want to do right now is shove my head under a pillow and NOT wear them.
But I must — despite some things not looking clear and perfect.
I must wear them or I’ll never adjust.
My new glasses have distorted my normal perspective a bit, only because I haven’t adjusted to the new way my eyes are trying very hard to see — the right way.
This has been challenging.
Nothing like I have ever experienced before.
Much like what I have been experiencing with a new set of eyewear, I believe the same concepts can of course be applied to the kingdom of God.
When our perspectives on life/circumstances/jesus/etc. are challenged or changed, it can be hard to adjust.
It can be so easy to stay affixed on the things directly in front of you rather than ahead, or so easy to stay focused on tangible, earthy things rather than heavenly ones.
Whether it’s in exchange for a better one or not, a perspective change can make things hard to see.
Because just like getting used to a new pair of glasses, life too comes with a series of “adjustment periods.”
I understand not everyone will see glasses manifest in their lives as I have, but I do believe God will hand you a set of spiritual eyes if you ask Him to.
The Lord wants to impart to all His sons and daughters eyes to see the things He does. He wants to give us an ability to clearly hear His voice and feel for the things that move His heart in order to find things that which are lost.
All through a pair of heavenly lenses.
I told you. Cheez-E.
I will persevere in the wearing of my glasses despite my discomfort – because I am on my way to seeing clearly and comfortably. Much like the way I will persevere to see things the way God wants me to see them. — From a heavenly perspective. From a thankful perspective. From a perspective that says “my God is bigger.” And from a perspective that sees mountains tremble.
Just as I trust an optician to give me the correct prescription, I trust the way God wants me to see is a much better way than I’m used to. I trust in the perfect vision my heavenly father has for my life. The perfect plan.
He’s exchanging blind eyes for open ones, selfish eyes for selfless ones, and cold eyes for heartwarming ones.
I think it’s cool that God is eager to give us better vision in exchange for poor vision and wants us to see this way:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.“
I I C O R I N T H I A N S 4 : 1 6 – 1 8
When we choose to fix our eyes on things unseen, we are focusing on the eternal — all the things ahead which are that much more important than what we experience on earth today. In essence, all the things we can’t touch. The phrase, “inwardly we are being renewed day by day” should be so encouraging. For we are achieving an “eternal glory” far bigger than ourselves — something that will follow us to heaven.
The Message translation is that much cooler:
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”
Oh, what goodness!
Friends, the perspective that God wants to give us is one that focuses on the things we can’t see now. We fix our eyes on the things unseen. Eternal things. Don’t waste your time dwelling on “seen” things that may or may not be piling up beside you. The stress, the worry, the responsibilities, the tangible things that just seem so hard to control sometimes. God says “lift up your eyes!” All it takes is one glimpse — one second of looking at Jesus to get what it’s all about.
Fix your eyes.
And all will become clear.
All that really matters is Him.