It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’m glad to say I’m back. As I posted last, my husband passed away four months ago, and I have been adapting to the “new normal.” What exactly that consist of I don’t know, but whatever it is I know I am equipped for it.
At times, new seasons can be challenging. I found that they are mostly challenging because we find ourselves in a place where we don’t know where we’re going. Before my husband passed, it seemed as if I knew where my life was going. However, after he passed I felt lost and confused.
Possibly, I felt lost because all of my hopes and dreams included him in them. Now with him gone, I wondered what I truly wanted, and if anything I knew to be true actually was.
Ever felt that way?
I’m sure you have. Many of us have. Even people in the Bible did.
I preached a sermon early last month called, Where Is My vision? And I talked about a fallen Jerusalem and Jeremiah’s devastation due to it’s fall. The hour of judgement had come upon Jerusalem for forsaken the law and the Lord. It was one of the lowest times in Jeremiah’s life. He was devastated by the ruins of his country and his people, and I am sure that he felt some bitterness for having to endure the consequences of a fallen nation when he, himself, was a faithful Prophet of God. Yet, in the end, he had to suffer through that trying time.
He wrote “Her gates have sunk into the ground; their bars he has broken and destroyed. Her king and her princes are exiled among the nations, the law is no more, and her prophets no longer find visions from the LORD.” (Lamentations 2:9, NIV)
Many of you may feel like the description of this scripture and cry out like Jeremiah.
The physical security and protection you may have felt from a loved one, a marriage, a job, or your health may be lost in this season.
The people who you expected to lead and govern this great country (even spiritually) have let you down and compromised the Gospel for political gain.
Overall, the Word of God (law) is over looked as a true source of direction for even some so-called “believers”, and some of the prophets of God have been over turned with greed.
Yet, what do you do when you have no vision?
Some people have vision when in an ecstatic place (happy and joyful), some have vision at night (in dark places), other have prophetic and oracle vision, and some have vision through prophetic books (or in other words the Word of God).
However, in order to understand what you have to do, you need to understand what caused your lack of vision.
Let’s look at the metaphorically….our eyes see. There are key components that help create images in our minds to cause what we know as vision: the cornea, lens, iris, pupil, and the retina.
The cornea– transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris, pupil, and anterior chamber. The cornea, with the anterior chamber and lens, refracts light (makes a ray of light change direction when it enters at an angle), it accounts for approximately two-thirds of the eye’s total optical power.
The lens– lens is composed of transparent, flexible tissue and is located directly behind the iris and the pupil. It is the second part of your eye, after the cornea, that helps to focus light and images on your retina.
The Pupil and the Iris– light enters the eye through the pupil, and the iris regulates the amount of light by controlling the size of the pupil
The retina– is a thin inner layer of tissue in the back of the eye that is light-sensitive, light rays are focused through the cornea, pupil, or lens and it helps convert that light to images.
If light is not received through any of these areas appropriately your vision is impacted.
When people’s vision is impaired they sometimes experience…
Blurry vision: can be caused through a lack of sharpness of vision resulting in the inability to see fine detail. It could be caused from abnormalities such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia (farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye), or astigmatism. that can be improved with corrective lenses (eyeglasses).
Nearsightedness is when the light can’t focus on the retina, causing far away objects to appear blurry.
Some of us lack vision for the future because all we can see is what’s in front of us. We’re broken (crushed, crippled, ruptured, shattered, and wrecked) by things that have happened recently and how we receive the light (Jesus and the things of God) are distorted because our Iris is not functioning properly.
Farsightedness is when you can’t see items up close clearly due to the light focusing behind the retina. You can see in great distance…
In other words, you have imagination and foresight for the future, but you don’t see what God is doing right now! You keep looking for a swift move of God in your life and your current vision is unclear because the cornea of your eye did not properly angle the light on your retina.
Presbyopia is farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye.
Meaning you’ve been through so much in this season that you don’t have the resolve to fight anymore. You’ve been fasting, praying, crying, and praising. Yet, the things aren’t changing fast enough for you, so your tenacity or ability to adapt and change with the current (elasticity) is impaired and your lens (the thing that focuses you or makes things transparent for you) isn’t functioning properly.
Astigmatism is a defect in the eye or in a lens caused by a deviation from spherical curvature, which results in distorted images, as light rays are prevented from meeting at a common focus.
And then some of us have blurred or lack of vision because of astigmatism called sin!
So, how do we fix our vision?
When we have blurred or lack of vision we go get corrective lenses (glasses), which controls how we see light.
– If you are nearsighted you’re given a diverging lens. A diverging lens will diverge (change the route) of the light before it reaches the eye.
If you can’t see the future because of all of the brokenness you have endured. You have to put on your corrective lens, get in your Word and get the direction you need. God’s Word has the cure for nearsightedness because it tells you that you have a future.
Hopelessness makes a person depressed, but God says that we have a future and a hope in Christ Jesus.
– God says in Jeremiah 29:11 that he has a plan for us, a future, and a hope.
– He also says in Psalms 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.”
– In Isiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle on you”
– If you’re far sighted you are given a concave lens makes objects look smaller and closer. They bend light rays so that they meet exactly on the retina.
If you can’t see what God is doing in you today due to your problems and situations, let God’s Word make your problems as small as they are.
– In John 16:33, Jesus said “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
– Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
Increase your faith and make God greater than your problems.
– Psalms 91:1, “Abide in the shelter of the almighty” and He promises to give you rest….
– Ephesians 5: 8-14, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
I know that life may seem a little unorthodox, but your vision doesn’t have to remain impaired. Pick up your mat and walk because God still has more in store for us both! Meditate on these scriptures and allow your vision to be restored. God bless you!