Foggy Glasses

I got my first pair of glasses in third grade. They were baby blue and I loved them. They made me feel smart, special, different. I tried contacts for a brief stint my freshman year of college, which lasted all of 3 months, and I went right back to my faithful glasses.

I’ve never minded being a glasses wearer. But just like everything else in 2020, even wearing glasses has become tiresome. Every time I don my mask on a cold or humid day and go inside from being outside, I’m instantly blinded with foggy glasses.

I was thinking about all that this year has dealt us, and all the additional conflict that has been thrown our way. From the pandemic and all its repercussions to issues of racial inequality coming to light, to a divisive election…this year has been chock full of things to fog our vision.

When we’re bombarded with trials and surrounded by conflict it’s easy for our spiritual vision to fog up and feel like we are being blinded. We might find ourselves stumbling around or losing faith. And while there’s not much I can do about my foggy glasses problem, there are things we can do to make sure we keep our spiritual vision clear.

In Hebrews 12 it says, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Have you felt yourself growing weary? Losing heart? Jesus endured the cross so that we could overcome these things by keeping our eyes on him! He sits at the right hand of the throne of God and he is bigger than all of 2020. What a relief to know that we don’t need glasses, foggy or otherwise, in order to see him clearly.

In John chapter 10 Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

As we approach this season of thanksgiving, let’s remember who holds us in the palm of his hand and be grateful for the eternal life offered to us. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the perfecter of our faith. He will clear the fog, and give you hope in the darkness.

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