One of my favorite accounts in the gospels is in Mark 8 when Jesus starts to heal a blind man and asks him what he can see. The man replies, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” [Mark 8: 24 ] I like that description of bad eyesight. When we don’t see well, we misread things. People can look like walking trees.
I’m not blind but I do wear glasses and a few weeks ago when I had my eyes checked, the eye doctor expressed some surprise at how much my prescription needed to be strengthened. I had known for awhile that my old glasses weren’t really doing the job but I had gotten used to them. When I put my new glasses on, I was amazed at how things were crisper and sharper. I could see so much more detail.
That got me thinking about my spiritual vision which naturally tends to be weak and cloudy. Poor spiritual eyesight means I don’t see who God really is or how the world is broken. And just as with my physical vision, I can get used to things being spiritually fuzzy. The only way to know if my spiritual sight is blurry is to read the Bible. That’s my spiritual eye chart. It shows me where my view of God and the world is out of focus.
It’s also how to correct my vision. Meditating on God’s word, my view of His love becomes sharper. My view of His holiness becomes clearer. The things I thought were specks in my vision turn out to be logs. Situations that appeared to be full of despair now look hopeful. I come away being able to see dirt and ugliness and wounds better. I can also see more beauty and goodness and truth. I’m able to see things as they really are.
“The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”