More than 30 years ago, I note some blurring in my eyesight. When I close one eye, no problem. But the other contains a gray, cloudy spot. What gives? Of course, I panic. Fear I’m going blind. Or worse, a brain tumor. Not long for this world.
Visiting a local eye doctor, he categorizes my ailment as ‘macular degeneration’ for insurance purposes. Looking up that condition in my handy-dandy hypochondriac’s ‘Medical Guide for Idiots’, I realize that a seeing eye dog is just around the corner. That’s great, since I’m highly allergic to dog dander! As it turns out, I don’t have macular whatever. But this big eye medico’s insurance form shortcut causes me considerable stress and strain. His two cents’ worth quacks like a duck!
Next I make an appointment with a retinal specialist. Upon examination he wants to know if I’m a welder. A what? A welder? I can hardly maneuver a hammer let alone an acetylene torch.
His conclusion is that I have a leakage in one eye that will either get worse or clear up on its own. Not to panic. If needed, he’ll help with laser treatments. Fortunately or not, I’ve experienced no change. Decades later–none better, none worse.
I’ve adjusted to it, rarely even thinking about it. Using both eyes, they compensate for one being partially blurry. Both together give me rather clear vision.
That’s how the Bible works for those of us who believe in Jesus. One eye alone, focused exclusively on this world, blurs and distorts. Life’s meaning tilts out-of-whack, not sure exactly what we’re seeing. Confusion more than clarity.
Using both eyes, so to speak, as in also reading the Bible, digging deeper within on a regular basis (sorry, once in a blue moon doesn’t cut it!), digesting what it says, allowing trust to grow in our Lord, while becoming obedient to His will, gives understanding as plain as the nose on my face.
Psalm 119:18–‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.’ And Psalm 119:105–‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.’ Let His light shine. There’s plenty more where that came from.
Thank you, Jesus, for your Word that lights my way. Amen.