Recently I had to get a new pair of glasses. I knew that it was coming. Things in the distance weren’t always clear, I was beginning to squint a lot more, the headaches were becoming a more regular occurrence. All the signs were there (and had been for over a year) if only I stopped to look at them … pardon the pun.
But then that’s the problem isn’t it. We don’t often stop to look. We might make a quick mental note, and then just as quickly shuffle it off and simply get on with things. Life is very busy after all, and we’ve all got things that need to be done. Who has time to stop and deal with every little thing. Very quickly we don’t even notice the blurriness, or the squinting, or (the cause of) the headaches. It’s just the way things are. And maybe we even get to the point where we begin to believe that its the way things have always been. “I don’t think I’ve ever been able to read that sign!”
And in the short term that might save us a little time and worry. It might make things go smoothly for a while. But sooner or later, everything we put off in the name of expediency and “gettin’ er done” will come back and need to be looked at. Assuming, like me, that you can still see it when the time comes!
But then something amazing happens. You sit in that optometrist’s chair and one after another he describes all the things you’ve been suffering through without even realizing. He asks a couple of questions “Which one is better? Number 1? Number two? Again? The first one? The second?” A little light here, a drop or two there, a prescription for new lenses … and all of a sudden your life looks completely different. And you wonder why it took you so long to wake up and open your eyes.
Our spiritual eyesight, our faith life, is very much the same. In the press and hurry of life it is so easy to shuffle the things of God to the back burner so we can get on with all that stuff that needs doing. The Christmas season is especially prone to this. Over time, and without sometimes even noticing, we can let the things of God get fuzzy and indistinct. Or we wake up to find ourselves looking at the promises of God only through eyes all squinted up by pain and hurt and anxieties – blurring those promises into something nearly unrecognizable. What’s worse, the longer we refuse to stop and look at the signs, the easier it can become to believe that its the way things have always been. “I don’t think I ever really believed that.” “I don’t think this was ever really that important to me.”
But sooner or later, the God we have put off in the name of expediency and “gettin’ it done” will come back and need to be looked to. Assuming, that you can still see Him when the time comes!
Advent is God’s prescription for keeping that spiritual blindness from happening. It is a God given opportunity to sit down and look again at our life. To slow down, and join Him again in a meaningful conversation. To hear once again, as He describes in His Word all that you have been suffering through and struggling with. To put a little Gospel light upon the problem, a little bit of that Baptismal water and its promises. To begin to see life again through the lens of Jesus Christ, this Christmas Baby, came into our world to bring life and light through the blood of His cross. When you begin to see your life through the lens of this love and these promises, everything will be so much clearer. And you will love what you are now able to see!