Monday, October 27, 2014

My "God-Lenses"

One of my best friends is blind as a bat without her glasses.  Bless her heart, the very first few moments upon waking up in the morning she can't see a thing.  She fumbles around until she locates her glasses and the world can once again come into focus.
I can't imagine that feeling.
I know lots of people have bad eyesight like that, I'm just not personally acquainted with it.  I've been blessed since I was a little girl with near perfect eyesight.  After working in an eye doctor's office for a few years, it's a blessing I do not take for granted.  I only wear glasses to drive at night-or if I've run out of time to do my makeup and am trying to cover up the dark circles around my eyes.

But I do struggle with bad spiritual vision sometimes.  

I get sidetracked. Distracted.  Discouraged. Frustrated.  Overwhelmed.  Worrisome.  Angry.  Upset.  Irritable.  Rude.  Short.  Priorities out of whack.  Sinful at best.  

I can get blurry vision too, and suddenly I'm as bad as blind without glasses.
Not real glasses though.  I like to call those, my "God-lenses".

The enemy knows that if I'm distracted and forget to put on my "God-lenses", I'm as good as ruined.  If he has my mind, he's got me.  There's only one way to prevent this and that's a decision I have to make first thing in the morning.  Who's going to be the boss of me today?  There's only one right answer to that question, and if I choose wrong I've left my "God-lenses" at home and I'm as good as blind.  

I'm not just talking when you have your quiet time- morning, noon or evening.  For years I listened to people say that morning was the best time to fit in your time with God and I always thought....yeah you don't know me in the mornings!  Those years I did my devotional time in the evenings. If that is you please hear me-I'm with you.  I was there for years!  I don't believe there is a "wrong" time to have your quiet time with God.  

But I'll be honest, I cannot go through that much of a day without that alone time with with Him without completely wrecking it.  I've got to get emptied of me and filled up with the Holy Spirit quick.  So for me, now I have to do it first thing in the morning.  I've got too much flesh in me I suppose that if I don't start the day nailing down who will be God for me today (i.e. not me) then I might as well go back to bed ya'll. 

Even if you don't have your personal quiet time with God until night, I do think we have to start the day by fixing our eyes on Him, the author and perfecter of our faith.  Even if that's just making a conscious decision and whispering a prayer while we put on a quick coat of mascara or fix the kids breakfast to help us keep our "God-lenses" on for that day.
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith
-Hebrews 12:2

Some days, even after I've initially secured my "God-lenses" on, I still miss the mark, still get so distracted.  Just like if you've misplaced your glasses and you have to stop and go look for them, the same is true withMy  "God-lenses".  If i don't stop and re-focus, re-fix my eyes, we're in trouble folks.  In fact, during some particularly hard seasons of life that felt like I was as random as a squirrel chasing my tail, I would even set my alarm on my phone.  When the alarm goes off, wherever you are or whatever you're doing stop and say a prayer-Jesus fix my eyes, take captive my every thought.  

The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it. 
-1 Thessalonians 5:24

1 comment:

  1. lovely post. I greet and pray to our Lord every morning and again at bedtime. I love the analogy using spiritual glasses. Hugs P.S. I can relate to your friend . My vision has changed dramatically over the years ( I wear contacts) but in the morning I need my glasses to see.