“Take a good look at me, God, my God; I want to look life in the eye” Psalm 13.3
For those in the world wearing glasses, we always see life through a filter. Spiritually I often look at life through the filters of my hopes, dreams, illusions, and nightmares. My hopes boost my self-esteem and keep my dignity intact. My dreams give me the energy to push on when every part of my body wants to quit. My illusions, while keeping my ego in check, often push me towards despair and depression. My nightmares bring out every paranoid and self-destructive tendency one might have.
I know there must be a better way to see life, to live life.
Yesterday a new friend removed the filters of my eyes with trust. Today the change is already there, along with the residual pain and teary eyes. The parallels in my journey are clear.
Journeys begin when we decide to walk with someone in trust. Spiritual journeys begin when we decide to trust God. Our first few steps along the journey are painful. The steps numb and confuse. Our vision of the future may seem cloudy, streaked, or just confusing. Friends may not seem the same as before. Doubts about the journey are already creeping in.
Our journey has a new goal. Before we tried to survive, now I want to get the best in life! I am not content with survival, I want to be with God! God vision of me, God’s gifts for me, and God’s power define my self-esteem, dignity, and energy.
The old markers for the journey are gone and new ones are visible. Looking through filters is a difficult way to discern the accuracy what one sees. Without filters, everything is clear and precise. Looking through filters I saw all the bad and evil around me, looking through God’s eyes I see opportunities for grace and love to work.
Where is this path taking me? To God’s vision for me.
God has a vision for you. I’ve seen it, I hope you’ll try it!