This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:13-16
I've worn glasses my entire life; I'm practically blind without them. As I grow older, my prescription gets worse and worse; my lenses get thicker and thicker. Recently, my wife hinted quite strongly that she'd like me to switch to contacts so I decided to give them a shot.
After numerous failed attempts trying to get them in my now bloodshot and dry eyes, the contacts eventually popped into place. Throughout the day I instinctively kept reaching for my glasses that weren't on my face. Everything around me felt weird as my perspective had changed. It took a while to adjust to them and when I had just got used to them, that's when it happened - the right lens fell out. My glasses were at my desk on the other side of the building.
I closed my right eye, squinted with my left, and stumbled down the hallway. A fellow co-worker walked pasted, grinned and yelled, "Arrr Matey!" Indeed, I looked very much like a pirate as I attempted to see clearly again. Needless to say, because of that experience, I decided to remain "four eyes" for good.
Our perspective matters - not just when it comes to our eyesight, but our faith as well. What we see shapes how we act. Two people can experience the same event and respond in two vastly different ways. How? It all comes down to what they see. This goes much deeper than a glass half full vs. glass half empty attitude or wearing rose-colored glasses. Each one of us has a lens we use to see the world around us and our place in it.
Many of us are unaware of the glasses we put on. If we're not careful, our emotions are the sole lens through which we view life. We’ve become so accustomed to observing life through our emotional lens that our perceptions become our reality, whether they are true or not. Our lens influences our self-worth. It determines our willingness to display courage and take steps of faith.
The perspective we hold directs our responses and impacts our relationships, especially the connection with have with God. Our eyes lock in on our circumstances so we fail to see God moving in our situation. We miss opportunities He places before us to build our trust, grow our faith, and exhibit our dependency on Him.
The time has come for a vision check. How are your eyes?
What lens are you using to view the world around you? How is this lens influencing your perspective on your circumstances, your identity, and your perception of God?
Where do you need to open your eyes and see God at work?
God, may I have the courage to test my eyes and the lens I am using to view the world. No longer do I want my emotions to shape my perspective. May my eyes be laser-focused on Your truth and Your character. Give me fresh eyes to see You in new ways. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.