I have terrible eyesight. I’m talking seriously blurred lines without my glasses or contacts. And God is so good and He is so amazing in His ability to use anything as an example for us to share and to grow and to encourage and to motivate and to learn. It’s one of His traits that I think is least acknowledged.
When I pray, I’ve noticed that I’m praying and then at some point I really need to focus on my prayer. In that moment, I take my glasses off. With my glasses off, everything is blurry and I can’t see what’s around me. And when I take my glasses off and I can’t see what’s around me, I’m not able to focus on the things around.
Not to wish blindness upon myself or anything like that, but without my glasses on, all I can see is blurry objects. with my glasses on I can see everything. So when I take my glasses off to pray, I’m not focused on the things around me. I’m not focused on the objects around me because I can’t really see them. Because I can’t focus on them I put more attention into focusing on my prayer.
I read about Jesus and the healing of the blind, saying I’m here to give sight to those of you who are blind and to show those of you who think you aren’t blind just how blind you are.
John 9: 39 Then Jesus told him,“I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”
For those moments that I pray to God and take my glasses off I can’t see what’s around me. When I take so much attention off of the things around me I put so much attention into focusing on my prayer. and then I see all that I need to see.
I see what God is showing me, I feel what He’s telling me, I understand what I’m praying on. I focus my attention and energies towards that prayer.
I’ve been looking and trying to figure out how to explain the story of the blind. We’ve read it and it’s wonderful and beautiful and so much of me said I want to just jump right into a blog and talk about it. I had no idea how to approach it and it literally took me saying, “OK, I’m going to pray now and I’m going to take my glasses off because I focus better when I’m not focused on everything else.”
Sight is great, and glasses are great, and contacts are a blessing. Trust me, you wouldn’t want me behind a wheel without them. But when it comes to prayer and focus and the attention that I yield to all the things around me when I can see them around me it hinders me. When I take my glasses off and I can’t see to be distracted, all I can do is focus on God. It’s that same thing as when I go into my prayer closet and it’s completely dark. There is nothing to pull my attention from God because I can’t see anything. That’s the beauty in God and the beauty in the story.
It’s that as soon as you take your mind and your eyes off of stuff, that’s when God says let me show you this. Now I ask you, have you really been seeing lately?