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For my whole life I have had “excellent” vision and I’ve never needed glasses. Although in my early teen years I really wanted to wear glasses and even bought a pair of glasses with fake lenses, because I thought I was cool. I wasn’t.
As we transition into full-time deputation we are leaving our excellent health insurance and with that comes much needed doctor’s appointments. And so I was at the eye doctor. I would have never gone if it wasn’t for my wife’s gentle prodding’s that I really needed to set an appointment, “just in case”. They concluded that my left eye has deteriorated some but my right is just fine and my prescription was very mild.

My point in saying all of this is that I thought I had perfect vision. In fact, I prided myself on my perfect vision. I thought that I had some control on whether I had good vision or not. I felt somewhat invincible with my eyes. I laugh as I type this, but God showed me that I am not as invincible as I think I am. I think of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18. The two men went to the temple to pray and the Pharisee standing by himself prayed, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.” The Pharisee thought he was perfect; thought he was superior. But the tax collector standing far off, beat his chest and prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

Jesus then says, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”(Luke 18:9-14) I need to rely on God. I am in need of the gospel, not just to save me, but to sanctify my faulty view of life and to bring holiness.

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