Every year or two, I have to get my eyes examined. I have since I was about four. My parents knew something was wrong with my eyes when sitting across from the dinner table, my eyes started crossing. Sure enough, I was in need of glasses. So ever since then I have to get my prescription updated.
The eye examination isn’t the most pleasant experience, especially when they put the dilating drops in your eyes so they can test you with different lenses. The worst part is going outside afterwards. You feel like a vampire resisting the sun’s glare on your eyes. After the eye drops are put in, you get your eyes tested by the doctor using different visual tests and the lens test. It can take quite a while sometimes to get your eyes checked for the best prescription possible.
Even when I get my new glasses, it takes a few days for my eyes to adjust. But when they finally do, I notice how much better I can see.
Lent gives us the opportunity to check our vision as we come before God. We aren’t checking our physical eyes but the eyes of our hearts. Lent gives us a chance to ask ourselves if we want clearer vision to follow Christ. If the answer is “yes” then God will check the eyes of our hearts and help us remove what is clouding our vision. Our eye-heart check-up helps us walk without stumbling on the road God has set before us. This isn’t a one-time appointment. Just as I have to return to the eye doctor, our appointments with God are recurring, too. We need God’s guidance to adjust our vision so we can remain faithful and steadfast followers.
Pastor Karla Sheffy