20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. Having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision. 20/20 vision only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance. Other important vision skills, including peripheral awareness or side vision, eye coordination, depth perception, focusing ability and color vision, contribute to your overall visual ability. (From the American Optometric Association)
I make my yearly visit eye doctor with some sense of dread. I am in my 60’s now and for the most part my eyesight is very good. I can still just go the dollar store or drug store and just get a pair of general off the shelf glasses. I only occasionally need to wear them when I read and that is when the print is really small. BTW I think we Baby Boomers need to demand the government order businesses to make their instruction manuals in bigger print. How am I expected to program my smart phone or set up that Ikea furniture when the print is microscopic. But I digress, well is it really a digression?
In this new decade what’s God’s calling for your life? How is Jesus making a difference in you so you can make a difference in the world? When God blesses it’s rarely just for you, but it’s to flow through you to bless others. But can you see those ways God is blessing and working in you or has the fine print, the instructions gotten too small for you to read at the current time? I go to the eye doctor to make sure I am equipped to be able to see clearly in all the activities that I do daily. I spend time with God daily in His word and prayer, to make sure my Spiritual eyesight is 20/20. If you don’t know and can’t see God’s purpose for your life, you constantly feel a sense of aimlessness. You feel as though you’re wandering from thing to thing without any forward progress. You just can’t read the directions. If I can’t read the instructions I can’t properly put together that Ikea table, cook that great holiday meal or see where the Holy Spirit is trying to lead. Opening blinded eyes is the very centerpiece that Jesus came to do. He opened human eyes that human eyes would see the way Jesus sees. That we would see one another the way Jesus sees us.
As a teen in the 70’s I remember going to play and later seeing the movie “Godspell.” One of the great songs from the show is “Day by Day.” The writers of “Godspell” were, in fact, influenced by Saint Richard’s Prayer. That is, the prayer that Richard of Chichester, a thirteenth-century bishop uttered. Richard is widely remembered today for the popular prayer ascribed to him:
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.
Richard is supposed to have recited the prayer on his deathbed, surrounded by other clergy. The prayer was adapted for the song “Day by Day.”
Day by day,
Dear Lord, of thee three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly,
Day by Day.
We don’t have to be on our death bed to ask God to see Him more clearly or follow Him more nearly. We don’t have to wait to be going blind to have our vision checked. When Jesus invited Andrew and his friend to “come and see” in response to their question, “Where are you staying?” (John 1:35-51 ), they saw far more than Jesus’ abode. Rather, they encountered the Messiah! Jesus knew his identity. He SAW himself as the Father SAW him. To walk like Jesus, we ultimately need to see God’s vision and calling clearly. Take time to ask our Lord and Savior for you 20/20 vision as you walk Day by Day in His love and wisdom. Make it your mantra to say
I WILL SEE 20-20 IN 2020 BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekoHxB4idmg