This last year I finally gave in to the inevitable and got glasses for driving. I had always enjoyed great eyesight up until I hit my forties. I began to notice road signs were not as clear as they used to be and I was not comfortable driving at night because I felt I couldn’t see well enough. My favorite eye doctor, Leigh Anne Green, told me four years ago that this was a normal part of aging but I was hoping to make it to fifty before getting glasses. No such luck. : (
I know a lot of people have to start wearing reading glasses in their forties but I was still managing fine with my near vision, or so I thought. The eye doctor told me I needed correction for my near vision as well. He recommended bifocals so I could see better both for distance and up close. I stubbornly refused and just got glasses for driving. Unfortunately now when I wear them, I can’t see clearly things that are near and have to keep looking out from under my glasses to see the dashboard.
This has gotten me to thinking about God’s “eyesight”. He has perfect bifocal vision. He is able to see throughout the heavens and the earth: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13); and yet He also numbers the hairs on our heads: “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7). In fact, He can see outside the dimension of time too – He is able to see past, present and future. This is too wonderful and awesome for me to understand or grasp, yet it gives me great peace as I put my life in His hands. He is both reigning King over all creation and my Heavenly Father who has adopted me and made me His child!
He has called us to have spiritually bifocal vision as well – being faithful in the little details, making the most of every opportunity, helping the “least of these”, as well as having an eye for heaven and our eternal reward, fixing our eyes on Jesus, and running the race with endurance with our eyes on the finish line (see my previous blog). May the Holy Spirit put blinders on our eyes to keep us from being distracted along the way and may He direct our gazes to see both here and now and also to eternity as He sees fit.
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. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (The Message).