A Cloudy Problem

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June 2012  was an interesting month for my husband & I. Neither of us were seeing clearly. My husbands vision was blurred and dull due to cataracts. I was experiencing huge struggles with both distance and near vision.  Oh the joys of aging!

The specialist shocked us when he said : ” Mr. Fode, you are very close to losing your drivers license”.  Vision problems sneak up on you. You may not realize how bad it is until it’s too late and you face serious repercussions.

Thanks to the miracle of cataract surgery Al’s vision is now better then perfect and new glasses have solved my problems. Vision problems are limiting and exhausting.

2 Corinthians  3:14-18

Even today when they read Moses writings, their hearts  and their minds are covered with a  veil so they do not understand the truth. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. The Lord who is the Spirit makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

Twenty-First Century Veils

In many ways cataracts and glasses are a good 21st century illustration of a  problem scripture  addresses. Our scripture for today talks about veils.

Veils hamper our vision both physically and spiritually.

When we don’t see well, driving can be hazardous with possible disastrous consequences.

Veiled vision causes us to miss danger right ahead.

Spiritual veils hamper us from seeing truth and responding rightfully.  They seem to make every decision more difficult. We may not hear God or see what He is doing very easily.

Veils distort our vision of who God  is and all that he offers.

We may not live out of  His love, protection, provision and transforming power. Veils distort our view of God, ourselves and our world. The distortions  are unique to our life experiences.

They can be formed by family issues, losses, abuse, physical limitations, disasters and a multitude of other life circumstances.

Maybe our view of God is like that of the Israelites in Moses day. God was a god  who loves and guides you if you are good and then roasts you if you are bad.

They believed they had do things perfectly or God would reject them.

They were often afraid of God not wanting to come very near Him.

God seemed like the high school principal in a grey suit who never remembers your name but is always leafing unhappily through your files as he looks at you over his glasses.

A cataract is a cloudy lens. When  removed and replaced  with a flawless crystal clear lens designed specifically for you, vision and freedom are restored.

How About You ?

What veil distorts your view?

  • of God
  • of yourself
  • of your world

What caused it to form?

Are you ready to be restored?

  • to life
  • to  freedom

Imagine  living a life of

  • Freedom,
  • Impossible joy
  • Destiny

Response

Lord Jesus:

  •   Show me my cataracts
  •  I choose to submit to your skilled and gentle hands.
  • Enable me to see things through the clear lens of Truth.
  • Heal me
  • Set me free
  • I want to  walk in joy,  freedom and your destiny for me.

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  1. As a former police officer I had occasion to stop drivers who had committed that silliest of offences – running a red light. The most usual excuse given was “…I didn’t see the lights change”. I think that this shows a simple cause and effect situation – They weren’t looking!
    In our Spiritual lives we may equally find ourselves running a red light – I know I have – and in a similar way we may find ourselves trying to make some excuse to the Man in charge! What excuse do we make, if any? I hope we can be honest and accept a ‘fair cop’.
    Sometimes we must just thank our Lord that when we go before the Bench we have Jesus as our Advocate who not only argues our case but also pays the fine. Thank you Lord. Amen.