granddaddy’s glasses

As a child I loved to try out Granddaddy’s glasses.  They made the world bend in ways that turned the furniture and floors into a Dr. Seuss movie.  The floor sagged and table edges pointed toward me in pronounced angles. The image was fun, but the dizziness that ensued made it hard to walk.

The view from those glasses resembles how life can get at times.  As a child, distortion was fun; but as an adult, it is confusing.  Even more, it is hard to walk when you can’t see what you want to see….answers.

Clarity of vision is what we seek spiritually, but just like our physical eye sight it can become blurred. When events occur that test our faith, we usually seek answers. Surely, we say, the answers will clear our vision and we will know all the whys, hows and whens!

Answers may be what we seek, but in reality they are not always what we find.  Our thoughts of “Why, why, why” echo through our very being and silence from heaven echoes back.  We tend to put words into the mouth of Silence and explain the whys as we see it…”if they had just”…”if only we had”….”if so-in-so would just”…on and on we answer what can’t really be answered.

What if God is not as concerned with clarity of life as we are?  Joseph had very little clarity in the pit.  As Abraham journeyed up the mountainside and Isaac carried the firewood, surely each step echoed “why,…..why….. why?”  Philip Yancey in Reaching for the Invisible God says, “At such a moment, we want clarity; God wants our trust.”  Sometimes trust is the only thing that makes sense.  It is an act of faith to “trust God’s goodness despite any apparent evidence against it.”

As a child wearing those large glasses, my vision was impaired; but I took unsure steps…trusting that the floor would meet my feet in time to keep me from stumbling.  By faith we do the same thing…walking on without clear sight, but trusting God to keep us from stumbling.

One day the glasses will be removed and we will see things that we were never able to see at the moment of crisis.  Until then, trust God.  He knows what He is doing.

About 2b14u

I'm just a person. A person who has learned a lot of truth in the darkest days of life. The truth that glimmered, flashed and at times broke through like a day's dawn all came from the hands of a mighty God. His light makes the darkness worth it. To know my background, visit my posts titled "Jack-in-the-Box" and "Jack's Still Jumping"- Feb. 2012.
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6 Responses to granddaddy’s glasses

  1. Mindy says:

    Yes, I certainly needed this!


  2. What a wonderful analogy and insight…. Diane


  3. Beverly says:

    Today, in my Bible study, there were many questions asked for which I felt I had no answers.
    I keep thinking of the song ” When you can’t see His hand, trust His heart.”
    He is often protecting us—something that I see often in hindsight. He is often telling us to wait—something that is difficult to do. He is often causing us to be awed by His power—meaning that we wait and trust He is leading us to His plan in His time.
    Often, I want to rush, control, and know far more than is necessary at the time.


    • 2b14u says:

      I just saw this comment. You are so right. When answers to questions not coming easily, we have to trust and wait. Sometimes we even have to trust His silence.


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