Saturday, March 14
Hebrews 4: 14-17 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Glasses and Grace
The summer I turned eight, my parents took me to the eye doctor for my first pair of glasses. I come from a long line of myopic relatives, so it was no surprise, although I don’t remember feeling as though I couldn’t see clearly. The surprise came when we got home and I walked into the living room. Our carpet in those days was a muddy light brown, as familiar to me as my own hands. With my new glasses, I could see that the carpet wasn’t a muddy color at all – it was flecked with gold, white, beige, and chocolate brown. I was stunned. It rocked my small world to know that I’d been missing so much.
I learned two important lessons that day. The first was immediate and obvious: I needed glasses! Many years and pairs of eyeglasses later, I am grateful every day for the gift of sight, and I never take it for granted.
The second lesson germinated for many years, but it’s the one that really matters. I learned that it is so easy to miss what is right in front of me. My vision is easily clouded – by my to-do list, by worry, by the false sense that everything is up to me. When I choose to see with the eyes of faith, I realize what I’ve been missing: God’s grace is all around me every day.
The challenge is to take the time to put on my “glasses.” The first step is the hardest: peeling my sticky fingers off the distractions that dim my vision. Often what helps is to visualize putting all of my worries in a basket and handing them over to God. Then, I remember words of scripture or hymns that remind me that I am God’s beloved child. Finally, I pray that God will give me the eyes to see the grace that is all around me. And you know what? It works! If I go through the day with the expectation that I will see God at work, I do, over and over, in dozens of small ways.
Sue Warrick, COGS
Prayer: Dear Lord, clear my vision. Help me to see what is all around me every day: your grace and love. And with your guidance, please allow me to be a sign of grace for another person today. Amen.