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LIFE'S SPECTACLES
Last year I went for my annual eye check up and got a prescription for reading glasses. I had been having a lot of headaches but hadnít really thought about the reason behind the pain. Glasses were not a new thing for me; I got my first pair of vision correctors when I was in the third grade. I started wearing contacts when I was in the eighth grade, so the reading glasses were a bit of an adjustment for me. It is a really slight prescription that mildly magnifies things when I look through the lenses. The problem was that I squinted a little bit every time I wanted to make something up close come into focus. The glasses make it so I donít have to squint which means I also donít have headaches from reading or working on my computer anymore. When I put those reading glasses on, everything is automatically in focus and my eyes donít have to work quite as hard. I can still basically read fine without my glasses and sometimes I do because frankly itís a bit of a pain to keep track of one more thing in my busy life.

Proverbs 2.2-8 says ďMake your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding. For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding . If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures , then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom . From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones.Ē

What if we let God be our reading glasses? As I go through life and pretend that I can see just fine on my own, I find that I sometimes do okay for awhile. Then things tend to come crashing down on me, but for that small amount of time, I feel alright about things. Everyone else around me is kind of doing okay and if I take out my reading glasses and put them on, Iím going to stand out and I donít want that. So Iíll take some Tylenol or something for the headache and carry on. But life is so much better when I donít have that wretched headache all the time.

When I stop and take the time to seek Godís heart on things and I stop trying to figure it all out by myself, everything suddenly is automatically in focus. I donít have to squint to see where Iím supposed to be and what Iím supposed to be doing. When I look through God, then everything is in the right order. People around me may not be used to what Iím doing, but that doesnít matter as much since Iím not struggling anymore. The more I do it, the easier it becomes and I even start forgetting what life was like without letting God be my ďreading glasses.Ē

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. ĖProverbs 3.5-6
- Melissa McNeil
April 29, 2002
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