In Touch October 9, 2010
Posted on October 8, 2010 by under Touché,

I Can See Clearly

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 115:105)

I went down to help my mom following cataract surgery.  As she came out of the anesthesia the first words she spoke to me were: “You have so much grey!”   Thanks mom.  The next words were: “Your eyes are such a deep blue today.  I don’t think I have ever seen them so blue.”  I liked that comment a bit better, but I don’t know that my mom realized how clouded her vision had become and thus, to see the reality of her son in a new light was good news and bad news.

This morning in my ChristCare group we talked about the Word of God and how it is active and lively, always showing us something new about ourselves, in good ways and in bad ways.  I love that book and the way it adds clarity to cloudy living.  Next Sunday (October 17) we will be giving our second graders the book that we love and I will be preaching from 2 Timothy on those words “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” It will be a reminder of how life is seen clearly through the lens of scripture.  I wish my mom had seen no grey, but it is there.  I am glad that she saw the bright blue in a way that she enjoyed. I pray that we are all shaped by the living Word through the breath of the Spirit to see clearly what we need to see.

I am also thankful to be able to share this with other guys.  I love Fridays in my ChristCare group and was moved deeply by the privilege of speaking at the Northeast Men’s Retreat.  Over forty guys from Hopewell were there and as I looked out I thought about how much I love these guys and how much they have blessed my life.  In my talks to the men I stressed that we cannot do this alone.  We need friends who can speak some clarity into our lives and help us clear up cloudy vision.

Today I lift up thanks for the ways that God’s word and God’s friends help me to see the things I need to see clearly.  It may be grey or it may be blue, but that truth is important to see.

Yours with vision,