Friday, February 7, 2014

Out of Focus






I've become so accustomed to High Definition (HD) television that when I am in places with normal projection I get slight headaches.  It seems like something is just not quite right and my eyes are working extra hard to see through the grainy image.  When I think about how far television has come in my lifetime it pretty amazing.  From black and white, limited fuzzy channels, and even more limited viewing (remember when TV went off at midnight?) to the seemingly limitless and sometimes waste of energy options available to us now.  Some of it I don't want to see as clearly, but that is another whole topic.    

Again, watching regular television appears to be out of focus to me because I have been blessed with HD television for many years.  My slight headaches are a sign that my physical eyesight has been adjusted to expect to see images on screens with crystal clarity.  And because  of quality the electronic devices and televisions in my possession I know that I will only have to endure the out of focus viewing for a limited time.  If my head hurts too much, I can choose to look away or turn that subpar source off and resume my regular viewing when I return to my home.

So how can we apply this our spiritual lives?  What do you do when things are out of focus?  Do you stay in a state of blurred vision and succumb to the aches and pains of confusion?  Or do you remember that you belong to the King of Kings and He has your life in His hands?  We must know that the reaction we are experiencing to these adverse and out of focus moments is directly related to our status as God's children.  Our minds and hearts have been freed and our vision has been made clear before.

We can easily regain clarity and focus from the Lord by meditating on the last time that He brought us through the fog and clutter into a perfect solution or outcome.  Even in those situations in which we just blew something (I know I have) and created our own blurry mess, God helps us find some redeeming quality in the situation and makes our character all the better for it.  So if things are out of focus for you right now stop trying to figure it out and begin to look to the Lord.

Scripture to stand on: 1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.