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Having Vision

December 17, 2015

    I'm considering lasix surgery in the future.  Maybe 2050 will be a good year to go ahead and get this done.  I am joking really....with the procedure and not the date. I mean really, I can't get past the part of a laser burning, cutting, sculpting my eyeball!!  I can't even figure out the best way to put a contact in my eye. A video of me attempting this seemingly simple task could win top spot in America's Funniest Home Video show. I contort and shake, I double the contact over and then drop the blasted thing. It is a veritable circus of comedy.  

    Listening to my mother describe her macular degeneration and the needle they use to inject medicine into her eye, leaves me curled up in a ball in the corner of a room whimpering like a lost pup.

 

    I need glasses to see far away and close up and I have them. The progressive lense works fairly well. There is the issue of driving. I have to lower my head a little in order to see through the part of the lense for distance, but I am always dealing with the edge of the bifocal. If you ever drive toward me some day and see me straying over the center line, don't be alarmed. I'm trying to see where I am going.  Just kidding.

 

    As I think of our ever confusing world and see the growing dysfunction, I can't help but think of the number of people living in a blurry world. The defined lines of what is right and wrong have become fuzzy. What was moral 20 years ago is now considered a norm of society. What might have been considered humor in the past is now a slur and something to file a lawsuit over. That which was once revered (the church) is now thought to be outdated and dangerous.  Hmmm, how did we get here? Could it be that our vision has been impaired? I think so.

 

         ..."Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no...." (James 5:12b, NIV).

 

The photo was taken early in the morning and the dawn light played tricks with my camera. The auto focus danced around for 5-10 seconds and couldn't settle on a clear picture, so it snapped the lense and there you have it a blurry picture.  

 

    The darkness in our world is a byproduct of an evil that has crept into the hearts and minds of humanity. It pervades the souls of good-hearted people and overtakes sensibilities. The darkness clouds vision, it blurs lines of good and bad, it turns society into a frightening place. We can't make firm decisions about anything and so we are swept along on this blurry valueless journey.  

STOP!

 

        "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of

        death a light has dawned." (Isaiah 9:2, NIV)

 

There is one who can clear up this matter, one who can define the edges of life, one who can bring clarity to vague issues and angry confusion. Jesus Christ is the original lasix surgery and he is willing to clear your dark blurry situation. Just ask and he will do it. Today, reach out and lift your voice to the one who said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light." [emphasis added] (John 14:6, NIV)

 

 

 

 

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