My vision is okay. The eye doctor hasn’t prescribed any kind of vision aids for me at this point.
I see clearly.
Well, maybe in the natural anyway.
I find my vision can be out of whack when it comes to my spiritual eyes sometimes.
The other day I was out checking tanks for the sheep to make sure there weren’t any problems with the wells. You have to stay on top of water for livestock at all times but it’s very crucial during the hot summer months.
There are quite a few miles to cover and it’s a lot of quiet time. So I spend a lot that time just talking to the Lord. I would say I’ve done more praying and learning from God out in the middle of a pasture than anywhere else on earth.
On this particular day I had my sunglasses on as it was quite bright out. I like these particular ones as they aren’t very dark and don’t change my vision much. Or so I thought!
I was thanking the Lord for my family and praising Him for all the moisture we’d been receiving. As I drove into a pasture that has a different kind of grass it looked quite brown.
I couldn’t figure out why all of a sudden it was looking so brown. This much grass drying out this fast runs the danger of wildfires in our country. My prayers turned from thanking the Lord to asking for protection against these wildfires that seemed imminent.
Not sure what prompted me to take my sunglasses off right then – probably an itch. Possibly orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. When I did though my vision changed completely. The grass was green and lush again.
I really doubt the grass changed that quickly, but the lens I was seeing it through did.
God spoke ever so gently and clearly to my heart.
Our perspective can be skewed by the lens of our past experiences.
I’ve seen a lot of drought in my life. In the natural as well as the spiritual. My mind has been prepared to see the worst so when the lens I was looking through changed the truth my mind was all too quick to agree with it.
How many times have you been in a circumstance where past experiences cloud your vision for what’s truly happening?
Are you quick to recall times of drought in your own life and then see the negative in the new situation?
When we look through a lens of hurt, fear, and negativity that will be the vision we see.
God has given us the lens of truth. We just need to put on the glasses of His word.
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17 (NLT)
Beautiful! So funny because I was about to write my faith column for the local newspaper tonight, and it was going to be about God's lenses and how we need to see through them because ours are skewed. At the last minute, I changed my focus to pressure gauges…long story. Anyway, I love that we were unified in heart and Spirit today, and this was such confirmation of what He wants me to know. We really do see through our own wounds. His Truth must light our paths. Blessings from #EspressosofFaith via #RaRaLinkup!
Great reflections, thank you. Glad to be your neighbor at Coffee for Your Heart.
That is neat Bonnie! Blessings to you as well.
So true, Laura. Love these words of yours: "My mind has been prepared to see the worst so when the lens I was looking through changed the truth my mind was all too quick to agree with it." ~ Isn't that just so true…we're so quick to filter our new experiences through our past experiences. Thanks for sharing today. 🙂 Happy to be visiting you from the me, coffee and Jesus linkup today. ~ blessings ~
Our attitude can be a lens too. Thanks for the simple truth that you shared here.
I love that, Laura! My perspective really is often skewed by my past experiences. I'm so thankful for your reminder today to see everything through Jesus' eyes and through the glasses of His Word.
Thanks so much for your kind words Brenda!
Hi Janet, I'm so glad you stopped by! I'm so glad I got to meet you at She Speaks. Praying about next year already.