Over the years between glasses, contacts, Lasik, crossed eyes, and multiple eye surgeries to fix them, I’ve grown accustomed to not seeing clearly at times. In fact, I’ve grown so used to ‘tweaking’ my vision that I’m now a bit OCD about it. At the slightest hint of fogginess in my contacts or allergy gook, I whip out the eye lotion and begin the cleansing process. I’m sure people often wonder what the deal is when I randomly stare at the ceiling spraying my eyes with that little bottle I pulled out of nowhere.
Being so attune to the difference between seeing clearly and not has been a benefit with my photography and has forced me to keep my focus more at work too. There truly is a large of amount of detail that we miss in life when we can’t see clearly. Yes, age is also taking a toll on the ability to see clearly but, thankfully, because of the way my Lasik went, I don’t have to wear the ‘reading glasses’ that hang from the neck like most at my age do.
So often in our lives the ability to see things clearly is hindered as well. Whether we’re blinded by the glare caused from the illusion of grandeur, the fogginess of uncertainty, or the darkness of depression, we all struggle at times to see the path ahead of us clearly. Poor choices of our own or the effects of those made by others all pull us in different directions. How do we gain clearer vision in this life? What can we do to wash away the fogginess that hinders our ability to see?
People often look for clarity by using another person’s life lens and sometimes that helps and, sometimes, it can lead us down a wrong path. If we can glean wisdom from others without having to learn the hard way, we can save ourselves a lot of pain. Unfortunately, most of us choose to find out on our own or those we trust simple can’t see well enough for both of us.
One sure way (the only guaranteed way I know of) is to look through the lens of God’s word and prayer. Sure, it may seem ‘cliché’, but over the course of my lifetime, every decision that I’ve made without His guidance has brought nothing but disappointment and even hardship. Those I’ve made with the guidance of His hand have resulted in blessings I couldn’t have dreamed of. I wish all my choices were made with His help, believe me! The truth is that we’re all traveling through this life on our own path and His light can guide us through to the end. Without it, we are destined to run off the path and into roadblocks as I have many times. With it, we will make it through those rough patches, over the daunting hills, and arrive safely in the final valley of peace where He will be waiting for us.
I know I’m being metaphorical; intentionally so. Our life journey is full of challenges, errant paths, and potholes. With His help, we can make it through them and, in the process, perhaps help others along the way on their journey too. Ultimately, when we arrive at the end, He will look to see whether we believed in Him to get us through it all and the only answer I want to have for Him when He asks is, ‘Yes, Lord!… Not my will, but Yours be done’…