I was just a kid when I realized that I wasn’t seeing everything clearly. I had three simple indicators: my vision became blurry, my grades began to suffer, and then one of my teachers realized what was happening and took action. I have had glasses since I was in Junior High School and it’s amazing how this simple remembrance brings to mind a spiritual lesson.
External forces at Work
When you’re a kid, it’s difficult to know what to do when something seems out of place. If fact, as a kid I’m not sure that I really even knew what was happening. Obviously I knew something wasn’t quite right, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I need external forces to be at work in my life to look out for my best. My teacher talked to me about the potential problem and then contacted my parents. My parents then took me to a doctor who confirmed the issue and recommended a fix. The point being, I couldn’t do it alone. We all need external forces at work in our life to help us to see clearly. We need external forces such as the Holy Spirit, spiritual influencers, and loved ones to reveal what we sometimes can not see or are unwilling to see. More than that, we need to yield to their influence. This is part of our risk in connecting, but without it, we will NEVER see clearly (Proverbs 19:20; Ephesians 6:1-3; Proverbs 27:17).
Corrective lenses needed
As I get older, unfortunately my eye vision has become worse. I am not one of the fortunate ones who can have laser surgery to correct my vision. Corrective lenses were needed. I’ve been wearing glasses for about 30 years and now they even include bifocals. Without them I would be unable to drive and unable to read without difficulty. So every morning without fail, putting on my glasses is the first thing I typically do.
God’s Word needs to be like my glasses for me. I need spiritual glasses even more so than my physical ones. God’s Word is a clears a path for my life in the midst of my circumstances and surroundings (Psalm 119:105). His word is TRUTH (Acts 4:29) when the things of this world are trying to distract me. His word teaches, corrects, convicts, and trains me to accomplish His destiny for my life (2 Timothy 3:16).
Seeing is Believing
Putting on those glasses for the first time was life changing. My new glasses allowed me to see the chalkboard and take effective notes, giving me the necessary resources to study and get better grades. It was all connected. Seeing put me back into the game. My corrective lenses changed not only they way I could see the things around me, they also changed the way I saw myself. I saw differently but I also looked different – and believe me when I say it helped on both counts.
Seeing truly is believing. When our vision in no longer impaired we can see who we are created to be and what He has called us to do. It allows us to not only see that we BELONG and but that now there is something that we need to BECOME. We have vision – we can see clearly – so that we can have vision – a destiny to be chased.
1. Read Psalm 139:13-16 & Ephesians 2:10. What this verse indicate about God’s love and purpose for your life?
2. Read Proverbs 29:18. What do you think is God’s vision for your life?
3. Read Proverbs 16:3. What does this verse promise us?
4. What and who are the external forces in my life? What am I doing to heed their influence?
5. How am I taking advantage of my spiritual corrective lenses?
6. How am I seeing things differently now and what am I doing about it?
If you are interested in pursuing your vision for life deeper I will be leading a connect group on Wednesday nights called Chazown – Discovering God’s Dream for Your Life. Chazown is the Hebrew word for vision, and it’s what God had in mind for you when you were created. Discovering your chazown starts with examining your core values, spiritual gifts, and past experiences. These three areas will help you identify common themes, bring clarity to your unique passions, and lead you to the purpose God has just for you. The best part is that you can start planning your next steps toward pursuing God’s vision—His chazown—for your life today! Participant guide will be provided and reading the book is highly recommended. You can register for the group HERE!