I was eight when I got my first pair of glasses. My third grade teacher sent home a note and suggested I get my eyes tested because I was having a hard time seeing the board. My parents took me to the optometrists and sure enough, I was myopic…or near sighted. We were living on an Airbase in Puerto Rico so when I went to pick out frames, I didn’t have a lot to choose from. But a steel blue frame that looked just like by grandmother’s glasses caught my eye and I quickly made my choice. Of course, they were too big for my face and not very ‘hip’ but I just knew that I would look as beautiful as my grandmother once I put them on.
I’ve had a lot of ‘AHA’ moments in my life; times where the world as you know it suddenly takes on a new focus, or you see something in a new, fresh way that changes your perspective. That’s what happened the moment I put on my new glasses. With the first peek through those new lenses, I was struck with how different the world looked. The trees weren’t brown and green blobs…there were individual leaves and branches; the lawn wasn’t a green carpet with no definition…there were blades of grass and weeds mixed in! And when I went on my first bike ride, I could actually see the letters ‘STOP’ on the red sign. It was amazing!
The only hitch to getting glasses was the reaction I got at school. Instead of my classmates thinking I looked beautiful like my grandmother, they started calling me 4-eyes. I was shocked…didn’t they know how this wondrous visual aid made the world around me so much better? I could see the board, I could see the TV from the back of the room, and I could see the STOP sign! Unfortunately, those taunts hurt and I soon found myself hiding my glasses in my desk and only using them when I had to see the board. Sad…
It is a little like another AHA moment I had when I was 22. I had been searching for a church, for God, when a co-worker invited me to a John Wesley White Crusade at the local Junior College. I attended not knowing what to expect…altar call was not a term I’d heard before. So imagine my surprise when I got up and walked forward after the speaker asked who wanted to dedicate their lives to Christ. My heart knew that God was calling me, and with that short walk to the stage, my world changed. Or at least my perspective of the world changed. Just like when I put on those new glasses, things became clearer and more defined. I knew that God loved me and I was His much-loved child. It was amazing.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
That’s how I felt, new. And I was excited to share that feeling with my family and friends. Unfortunately, like with the glasses, a few people didn’t appreciate the new me and made fun of me. It hurt and I found I got good at hiding my faith when I wasn’t around other Christians. Just like my glasses, I would hide it until I needed it. Sad…
“We must focus our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2
Being out of focus, either in vision or in faith, isn’t a good way to live. You make decisions based on a blurry perspective and run into a lot of wall! And just like when I put on my glasses and see everything sharp and clear; when I am right with God, me life also takes on a new sharpness and clarity. I like that world a lot more!