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.