by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Two weeks ago I had surgery to remove a cataract from my right eye. Today surgery on my left eye is scheduled. As with all cataracts, mine built up over the years, clouded my vision, and kept me from seeing things clearly.
The day after the removal of the first cataract, I visited my optometrist for my follow-up appointment. My doctor told me everything looked excellent. Yay, God!
Walking around with clearer vision in my eye got me thinking about what it takes to walk around with clearer vision in my heart.
In the same way I needed to have the clouded lens removed to see through my eye more clearly, we need Jesus to remove the clouded heart-lens we look through so we can see things through his eyes more clearly.
As with my cataracts, our clouded heart-vision doesn’t develop overnight. It takes years to harden our hearts to look at things in distorted ways God never intended. It takes years to allow prejudice and hurt to build up and blind us to the truth; God loves everyone. No exceptions.
Having clearer heart-vision means allowing Jesus to take his laser, or scalpel, to the opaque lens that covers our hearts, ridding us of unhealthy habits, and letting us see his plan for our lives with better focus.
Because of my astigmatism, I’ll still need glasses. And I’m okay with that.
The way I see it, (no pun intended) continuing to need glasses keeps me dependent on something outside myself to have clearer vision.
Just as being dependent on Jesus clears up my heart-vision.
What do you do to keep your heart dependent on Jesus for clearer vision?
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For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
I wish you well.
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Sandy, by the time you receive this your surgery is probably over. Anyway you are still in my prayers for a quick recovery, and better eyesight. Just as your heart vision is controlled by your thoughts, and your thoughts controlled by GOD, you should remain focused on the gospel every minute of the day. This is how I try to keep my heart vision in focused with GOD’s plan of salvation for me and all mankind. Yes, I know it is a choice we have to make, but to me it’s the only choice Christians have knowing the word of GOD.
And, oh yes…. Yea GOD always.
Pat, thanks so much for your prayers -all went well- and for your great reply on how our heart vision needs to be focused on God and his plan.
You are preaching, my friend!!!
When the Spirit moves us, right? 🙂