Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)
When I was in college, I began to notice some changes in my vision. When I would sit far away from the chalkboard or projector screen, the images seemed to be getting quite blurry. In fact, there were some classes where I could not read the writing on the chalkboard at all. It wasn’t because the professor was writing things too small. Instead, the whole board looked fuzzy to me. I couldn’t make out letters, just a green and white jumble. It did not help with my note-taking. The next opportunity that I was at home, I went to see the ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and she delivered the news that I was becoming near-sighted. In other words, my eyes were changing and I would only be able to see things clearly when I was moderately close to them. To help fix the issue, I was fitted with a pair of glasses, and back to school I went. However, now, I could actually see the words my professors were writing and my note-taking was back on point.
In this life, we are all near-sighted. We can only see what is right in front of us. We can’t see down the road in life. Sure, we can make predictions, and sometimes they come true. But, we can’t know for certain exactly what is in store for us in one year, five years, 10 years, or a few decades. Our human eyes, and brain, don’t have that ability. Add in that we are sinful, and our ability to see things clearly is made even more difficult. The future is a big blur.
Unfortunately, there is no human cure which will fix our fuzzy vision. This is made abundantly clear in our spiritual lives when we trip over this thing called sin on a regular basis.
King Solomon helps us better understand how to correct the issue. He writes, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” In other words, you can’t trust what you think you see. Instead, trust in the One who sees everything perfectly. He can see the sins that lie ahead and steer you clear of danger. He can see the rough road ahead and prepare you for the bumps. In short, trust in God’s vision, not your own.
So, today, and every day, pray for our God to lead you. Pray for Him to plot out your course to avoid the pitfalls of life. Surrender your faulty vision for His perfect one.