Astigmatism   Leave a comment

Astigmatism is not fun.  I would love not to suffer from it myself, but it remains.  Being one of absolutely no medical knowledge, all I can tell you is that it has something to do with your eyeball that makes your vision blurry.  There is no cure.

 The worst part of astigmatism is that whatever corrective device you wear to give you clear vision must always remain present.  You can’t just put a drop in your eye and enjoy the day.  You must still wear the glasses or contact lenses in order to see properly.

 Without my glasses, I feel like the man from Bethsaida Jesus was dealing with on a certain occasion.  He had been brought to Jesus for healing.  Jesus took the man out of the town, put saliva on his eyes and touched him, then asked what the man saw.  His answer is mine without glasses, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” (Mark 8:24b, NIV)

 Jesus touched his eyes again and the man saw clearly.

 It’s one thing to have blurred physical vision.  It is something far worse to experience this on a spiritual level.

 When God plans a specific purpose for your life as an individual believer or that of your church, he never creates a fuzzy picture.  His plan for you has always been crystal clear and always shall be.  He created you to be the unique “you” that you are, and He has great plans for your uniqueness.  When God was putting you together, He did so with great care and love.  You are indeed special to the Lord.  Never allow yourselves to become convinced of any other teaching. 

 One problem we encounter in life is this supposed veil between us and God, and an even thicker veil between us and the understanding of God’s purpose for our lives.  It seems fuzzy; difficult to make out.

 May I suggest that this veil is created by us?  Being anything less than 100% devoted to the Lord puts a gap between us and Him and the fault never rests on His shoulders.  He gave us a free will to make our own decisions.  Therefore, when a distance is established, take a look at the footprints and notice that the only one who moved was you.  God never leaves those He loves and with which He has a personal relationship.

 If you are finding your spiritual vision to be cloudy, consider following the example set forth by today’s scripture lesson – Allow Jesus to touch your life again!

 Maybe you are dealing with un-confessed sin.  Perhaps you have simply been enjoying life so much that you haven’t allowed God to be part of it.  You might even be angry at the Lord for one reason or another and have simply walked away. 

 Regardless of why or how your veil got there, Jesus is eagerly waiting on the other side to bring you His touch of clarity.  Let Him touch you again, and the veil of spiritual astigmatism will begin to fade away.   

Posted September 12, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Closeness to God, God's Will

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