The day after I turned 40 my vision changed.
Small print became unreadable and dimly lit rooms restricted my usually clear vision. Then came the reading glasses. I bought one pair of readers just to read the back of pill bottles or the fine print in a contract. By the time I reached my mid-forties, I had graduated to stronger magnification and several pairs of cheap readers scattered around the house so that I could read recipes and the computer screen and books. Now, a decade later, I own a pair of expensive bifocals because almost everything I look at up-close is blurry.
I conceded because I want to see . . .
Over the last decade, I’m seeing God more clearly, too.
I’m not just seeing God in new ways, but I’m seeing Him more clearly. Here’s one example: I used to see God as a stern and demanding father who was sometimes distant and insensitive. But, now, I’m seeing Him more truthfully.
Instead of stern and demanding, I now see Him as accepting, filled with joy and love for me, just like this blessing.
‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’
(Numbers 6:24-26 NLT)
Instead of distant and insensitive, I now see Him as involved and interested in every detail of my life, just like He expressed for His son, Jesus.
“At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”
(Mark 1:9-11 The Message)
Instead of mysteriously hidden from me, I now see Him as eager to reveal Himself so that I can know Him.
“ If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” –Jesus
(John 14:7 NLT)
“Jesus replied, ‘All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.'”
(John 14:23 NLT)
Jesus is the only one who can give us clear spiritual vision.
We come to Him like the blind beggar who cried out, “Jesus, have mercy on me!” When Jesus asked that blind beggar what he wanted, he replied emphatically, “I want to see!” (Read the story here: Mark 10:46-52)Jesus is the only one who can give us clear spiritual vision. Click To Tweet
“I want to see!” That’s the cry of every rooted person.”
If you want to deepen your roots, read more about discovering grace here. Or, read Led: Learning to Listen and Follow. I wrote the 30-day devotional bible study to help readers discover Jesus as their Good Shepherd.