About 10 years ago, I FINALLY went to have (ready?) my FIRST adult eye exam! (The one at the DMV doesn’t count- if you can recognize the faintest of colors and shapes, you’re gold!) At the time, I was squinting down to about 20/20 (or so I thought), but it was getting harder and harder to read things (and when you speak for a living…reading is rather important!) So, I went to a local eyeglass place where a parishioner was the tech who made the glasses. First, I had my eye exam. (#1 or #2? #3 or #4?) Then…they photographed my retina! If you’ve never had that done, imagine looking into the very core of the sun…then multiply that by about 12! They bring you into a darkened room, sit you in a chair, have you look into a special hole…and they totally FRY your retina! But just one! Then, with one eye “normal” and the other eye feeling as if it were ON FIRE, they send you stumbling out into the waiting room to let the 1st eye “adjust” so they can bring you BACK in and do the 2nd eye! Who are they fooling?! Fry my retina ONCE- shame on you! Fry my retina TWICE- shame on me! Believe me when I say you are NOT terribly motivated to have the 2nd one done! Perhaps it should be like when they pierce little girls’ ears at Claire’s- one person on each side and they shoot the gun simultaneously- get it over with all at once! But no, I went back in and had a nuclear reactor shot into my 2nd eye! Then, once I had been COMPLETELY blinded, I was sent out to talk with my parishioner/tech. She looked at the results of the eye test, looked at me and said, “How in the world did you see enough to walk IN here?!” Apparently the squinting wasn’t as successful as I thought it was! I picked out some frames, got them filled, and have had glasses ever since. (When I went for my 2nd pair of glasses, I had ALREADY made the jump to bifocals!)
I often say it would almost be worse to lose my wallet than my glasses. The wallet and it’s contents can be replaced, but with no glasses I would be unable to read anything well enough to replace those items! Without my glasses, I’m as blind as the proverbial bat (and WHAT does that mean- proverbial bat? Are there bats that go around spouting pithy proverbs all day? I don’t think so!) Although I have to slide the glasses up and down my nose when I lay in bed and watch TV (if you don ‘t know why, you DON’T have bifocals!), I can basically see everything with great clarity through them. Without them, that clarity drops precipitously and I look at the world through severely frosted lenses. I often think that’s the way we look at the world, glasses or no glasses. We KNOW the way we are to act, we KNOW the things we are to do, but we allow ourselves to look through the cloudy lens, ignoring the “right thing”. I have people say to me, “I don’t know what God wants me to do, pastor.” I think MOST of us have a pretty good idea what God wants of us- we just choose to ignore it and hope it will go away. Being good is HARD, while being bad (or even just benign) is easy by comparison. And yet, if we are never willing to step out in faith and live the life God has for us, we have NO hope of reaching our full potential as humans. Life not always working out the way you had hoped? Tired of looking through the frosted lens? The definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing and expect different results. Step out in faith, live the life God has for you. To get what you’ve never had, you have to do what you’ve never done! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and clean my glasses! Have a great day, share this with others, and stick with Jesus!