Sometimes I go through my morning routine of getting my kids ready for school without my glasses on or contacts in. On purpose.
I did it one morning to test a theory and it worked. My theory was that my observation skills were actually causing me to become more impatient with my kids. By “blinding” myself I became much less focused on stopping them from slopping milk and oatmeal everywhere (read: nagging) and more focused on cleaning up my own messes.
I realize I could stop writing right there and the application would be obvious (AND Biblical to boot). But, buckle up folks – there’s a plot twist that’s about to happen here!
At first glance, my issue is sight-related. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized it’s actually about perspective and priority. This is a heart issue, not an eye issue.
Do you know how God fixes heart AND eye issues in Heaven? Check this out:
“And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.“Revelation 21:23 NLT 1996
In Heaven, light won’t come from the sun or moon; light will come from the awesomeness of God. That means that everything we see will be seen in a completely new light – seen AND understood. The glory of God and the light of the Lamb (aka: God’s perfection and the Jesus’ perfect life, death and resurrection) will illuminate and light the city.
1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (ESV) Paul is telling us that all the light in this world still only produce a dim understanding of what we will someday see and know.
So, what do I do until then? Just go around half-blind all the time? Probably not. What if I could start living like that now? I have access to the Bible – God’s words – and the wisdom that offers. What if I continue to study his word with the prayer that God will change my eyes and heart and help me reimagine my life TODAY?
If I looked at things through God’s illumination instead of mine or the world’s, I bet I wouldn’t need to be blind to see what’s important or essential each day.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please help me use YOUR light to see, think and speak. I want to have your perspective on life now before I even get to your holy city. Keep me from letting my heart and eyes get in the way of your plans for me and my loved ones. Amen.