Earlier this week, after being at my computer for ten hours, I noticed a problem. I wear progressive lenses and I was having trouble setting the right focal points as my eyes moved between the screen and my handwritten notes. No matter how I adjusted my head or glasses, I couldn’t see clearly. I wondered if it might be bent frames or fatigue. Could I need a new prescription already? Frustration peaking, I went into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee (and wonder if my eyes were reacting to all the coffee I’d already had). But I walked past the sink, I had a thought. I stopped and washed my glasses. When I put them back on, I could see just fine.

All that needless concern about needing new glasses or having some problem with my eyes – gone with a little water.

See where I’m going?

We like to think we see the world clearly, that we can easily assess what is good and what is evil, distinguish friend from enemy, and follow the path we are meant to walk. But it is stunning how quickly a film of fear and doubt can build up and obscure our vision. Even more distressingly, the film can build up so gradually that we aren’t aware of the clarity we’ve lost. We are blinded by a haze of our own making and forget that all we need is to be washed in the Living Water.

But when we do turn to the Water, we are cleansed and redeemed in an instant. The scales fall from our eyes and we can see the truth of God’s love without impediment. We can see the value in each other, rather than being blinded by each other’s flaws. We can recognize the work that needs to be done to advance the Kingdom of God and we can see the faces of our brothers and sisters who long to do that work with us.

Let us strive to see clearly, to look on each other with love and grace. Above all else, let us always look to God. If we keep our eyes on Him, we will not lose our way.

“Jesus asked them: ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?’”
Mark 8:17-18