Somehow, I left my glasses on my desk at school yesterday. At least I hope that’s where I’ll find them…
Without them, I can’t see as well as I used to. Because of my insatiable need for words, I wear them all the time. If I see anything in print, my automatic response is read. Years ago Van watched me for a few minutes while we took the shuttle from the local junior college to our church. When my eyes finally settled on him again, he commented, “You read everything on the bus, didn’t you?”
Well, yes. Doesn’t everyone? How can anyone see a word and not need to know what it says?
I discovered my missing glasses at the first stop I made running my after-school errands. Leaving the sunshine to enter the building required changing from my sunglasses to my regular glasses. But they weren’t there. I searched my purse frantically. Three times. I returned to the car. No glasses.
When I finished after-school duty, I grabbed my purse and headed out the door, determined to complete my errands and be home at a reasonable time. My glasses, which I intended to put back on to grade a few papers before l left school, stayed on my desk.
Fortunately, my last pair of glasses live in my glovebox. They serve in a pinch.
But I don’t see as well with the old ones. Everything takes more effort. There is more struggle. I get frustrated, irritated, impatient.
My relationship with God works best when I see Him clearly too. Days started with prayer and time in His Word set the tone for my day. Without Him, I respond to people and circumstances with a clouded view–a view more self-centered, impatient, irritated, confused, and harried. Taking the extra time to be sure I haven’t overlooked Him helps me throughout the day. When I think I reached my breaking point, His loving Spirit brings Him into the center of my situation and reminds me Who is in charge. Who I serve. Who I want to glorify.
It is only with God that I see clearly. I cannot live well if I forget to take Him with me. If I forget to see Him in every part of my day.
An extra pair of glasses serve in a pinch.
Nothing can replace God.
Psalm 121 A song of ascents.
1I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.