While vacationing recently, I was enjoying lying in my beach chair by the ocean beholding the beautiful creation of the Lord. As I was lounging in the warm sun feasting my eyes on the view, a man from the hotel came by and ask me if he could clean my sunglasses. It was a courtesy of the hotel and he was going around to all the beach dwellers to serve their sunglass needs.
Surprised by the request, I replied "Oh, no thank you. I think they are fine."
He paused making me feel like I should let him, so I said, "Well, ok, thank you" and handed him my glasses.
He polished away with his cloth and handed them back to me within seconds.
WOW!! What a difference! I didn't even realize how dirty they were! Everything was clearer. Everything was crisper. I could see the glory of the Lord's creation even clearer and it was even more beautiful!!
Isn't that how we live at times....looking at the world and ourselves through dirty lenses?
We can be living with impaired vision, not seeing all the Lord has for us to see. We can be viewing the world through a fog and not even realize it!
Our hearts can be dirty and we can think we are fine.
The Word of God washes. It cleanses. It reveals. It acts as a mirror into our soul, showing us areas of our hearts that may be not so clean.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Ps 51:10
God comes along and offers to give us clear vision. What is our response? Is it, "Oh, no thank, I think I am fine"? Or do we allow the Lord of all creation to wipe away all the dirt and grime?
The people of Israel had eyes, but it says in Isaiah 6:9-10, they could not see. In the New Testiment when Jesus was speaking in parables and was asked why He spoke in parables, Jesus said:
Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull,
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.
He was quoting from the passage in Isaiah 6:9-10 here. The ones who wouldn't hear and couldn't see were the Israelites whose hearts were hard and calloused and the pharisees whose prideful self-righteousness kept them from seeing truth. He wanted them to have clean hearts so they could hear the truth. The problem was they didn't think they needed him. We won't allow God to cleanse our hearts if we think our hearts are fine.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if thre is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:24
Hardness of heart keeps vision from being clear. That is why we need to ask God to give us and clean heart, to renew a right spirit in us, and search our hearts and reveal any sin hindering our relationship with him.
Don't walk around in a fog. Don't walk around viewing yourself or your world through dirty lenses. Allow the Lord to remove the dirt and grime from your lenses and give you new eyes, His eyes.
Lord, cleanse my heart and renew a right spirit within me. I pray that you would search my heart and reveal anything that is unpleasing to you. Give me eyes to see what you want me to see. Help me see others through Your eyes, O Lord. In Jesus' Precious Name, Amen.