Lenses

lenses

1 Corinthians 13: 12-13 (ESV):

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Matthew 8:24 (ESV):

And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.

Yesterday I had to go back to my optometrist because my new lenses weren’t functioning properly in my glasses. I also have extremely dry eyes, which makes seeing the charts sometimes difficult as my eyes get blurry. Blinking repeatedly helps. This scenario reminded me of the above verses. When I can’t see clearly, it’s like seeing through a mirror dimly. The same applies spiritually. A short caveat: I find it amazing that this verse is positioned in the love chapter of 1 Corinthians 13. Searching for the verse this morning, I had forgotten this fact. I think God is telling us that despite both our gifts and failures, God’s love is above all!

As I’ve been trying to get quiet before the Lord and just listen (still very hard and still working on it-it’s going to take some time!), the Lord impressed upon me that my prayers are too often offered in the midst of the storms and panic of life. I’m just like the disciples who were in the boat panicking when the wind and waves were threatening to capsize the boat. Panic and fear overrode their knowledge that Jesus was still in the boat with them. Jesus, the calmer of the storms! Jesus, sleeping despite the storm raging around Him. It’s been a lesson to me to remember first who Jesus is! My prayer focus should first be spent communing with the Maker of the earth and the Calmer of the storms. The rest will fall into place. It’s a good thing to get a change of lenses once in a while!

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