• Clarice Aeby

The year our vision changed


pairs of eye glasses

PHOTO: Daniel Albany from Pixabay

I was in fourth grade when I walked out of the doctor’s office and saw the world from a new perspective. Actually, I’d just gotten my first pair of glasses. I remember seeing the detail of leaves dangling in the breeze and the brightness of a red and white STOP sign. Life looked different. I now had 20/20 vision.

As a tenth grader I got my first pair of contact lens. What fun to live frameless. Yes, 20/20 vision both straight ahead and from side to side without turning.

I was sixty when my vision turned from a gift to a fear. I was diagnosed with a macular hole, meaning that once bright STOP sign now had letters that jumped up and down and sometimes spontaneously disappeared altogether.

I had surgery, and then it happened again – and then again. After three surgeries I no longer see 20/20. Thankfully, I see well enough to function, but no longer enjoy the clear vision of a fourth grader with new glasses.

I was just thinking how ironic it is that Covid-19 struck our world in 2020. And all of a sudden, we are given the unexpected challenge of figuring out our perspective about what is most important in life.

Sometimes God gives us opportunities to see things more clearly even in the worst of times – hard, sad, scary times like we are in now.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us

an eternal glory that far outweigh them all.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,

since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 CORINTHIANS 4:17-18

I’m in the mood for some 2020 eternal perspective. How about you?

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

HEBREWS 13:8

red glasses looking into blue sky

PHOTO: Mabel Amber from Pixabay

I think Easter will look different to me this year. Perhaps -- more than ever before –- I’ll see it with 2020 vision: He came and died so that I could live.

“The story of Jesus begins with the story of a great descent.

The Son of God became the child of Mary.

He became one of us so we might become one with Him.

He entered our world in the high hope that we will enter His.”

MAX LUCADO

Pull up a chair and sit still

red glasses on post

PHOTO: Mabel Amber from Pixabay

Sometimes God gives us opportunities to see things more clearly in the worst of times. How has the arrival of a deadly virus in 2020 given you a new perspective?

Thanks for sitting still with me today.

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