I hope you are all doing well today. It is kind of overcast where I am…Oh for the sun!
I woke up this morning feeling a bit frustrated. I think I discovered something though. Sometimes, or rather most times, I can give into the feeling that God owes me something, something good.
I had an experience where the Holy Spirit spoke to me, and said, “Everything is going to be alright.” (Some of you may be doubtful of this, but it is the truth, and if it is not, then I need to be medicated…)
But, I believe it was of God, and so I wander around life asking, “So, when is it going to be alright? You promised, God. You said so, and everything is clearly NOT alright. When? When? When?”
A scripture was read in church on Sunday. We are working through the Book of Acts. It’s the “fun” story where Ananias and Sapphira sell a field and only give part of the money to the Apostles, claiming it is the full sum. I think it ‘s Peter that tells them they have lied to God. Because of their lie, both of them die and are carried off to be buried. (The pastor pointed out that their salvation was assured. They did not lose everlasting life because of this sin.)
What I realized is that I am short-sighted. I think about this life, but the Bible seems to want to point upward, beyond this life of sorrow, pain, grief, loss…
Luke 12:32-38 says,
32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming
35 “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37 The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready.
It’s kind of interesting that Jesus teaches about money and possessions, and then goes on to talk about his second coming, as well as the suffering he was about to endure (on the cross).
Like me, are you looking to earthly treasures (whatever that might look like in your life)? Or, are we seeking the Kingdom, seeking God? (Note that we are not to sell off everything we have, leaving ourselves in need!)
In Psalm 27:8, David says, “You have said, “Seek my face.”/My heart says to you,/“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
And, God reminds us in Isaiah 45:19, “I publicly proclaim bold promises./I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner./I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me/if I could not be found./I, the Lord, speak only what is true/and declare only what is right.”
I have glasses to help me see far away, and by far away, I mean my computer screen. I am quite literally short-sighted. My good friends at the College of Optometrists tell me:
- Normally, light is focused by the cornea and lens to form a sharp image on the retina.
- Sometimes the eyeball is too long for the shape of the cornea
- … so the light comes to a focus before it reaches the retina.
- As a result, objects in the distance are blurred
- … although close objects are usually clear.
- Short-sightedness can be corrected by glasses or contact lenses
- These lenses correct the vision so that distant objects are clear once again.
Both conditions can run in families and both are easily treated with glasses.
Maybe it is time for me to ask for God to give me “special glasses” to help me see even further beyond the horizon?
Human vision and correction can only go so far, after all.