"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Are You "Nearsighted?"

Recently, a new study conducted by the National Eye Institute showed that the rate of nearsightedness in Americans has increased from 25% in the 1970’s, to 41% in 2009. Expert optometrists told Good Morning America that it could be a result from genetics or poor lighting. I’m going to go out on a limb, and say it is due to America’s obsession to search the Internet and text on cell phones!

But spiritually speaking, nearsightedness is a disease that strangles our society. We focus so intently on the “here and now.” We stare into the stigma of success, which we believe promises luxury, glamour, and wealth. We forget that “Beyond this Land of Parting” pictures an image which far exceeds the images of this world. If we will just look past our fingertips, we will stare into the majesty of our Creator, our Father, our Savior, and our Friend! Did the Hebrew writer suffer from nearsightedness? No, I think he got it right, when he wrote, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…” (Hebrews 12:2).

Are you fixing your eyes on Jesus, or are you focusing on the depictions before you? Fix the lighting, logout of the internet, and put down the cell phone! He is waiting for your attention! And I assure you, he will be “A sight for sore eyes!”