Monday, January 27, 2014

Spiritual Glaucoma

Ever stepped back for a moment and realized that you've been so focused on your own life, problems and day-to-day occurrences that you've missed so much? Yep, I'm guilty too. Sometimes we get so caught up in what is not going right for us that we miss what IS going right for others. We miss the big picture and forget that we are part of a much larger story; we're just a tiny piece of that story.

At church yesterday, our pastor was talking about spiritual glaucoma. Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve due to a buildup of pressure in the eye. Without treatment, people with glaucoma can start to lose their peripheral vision. Look at this example.

See how it narrows the vision? Well, imagine that in your own life. Spiritual glaucoma. I know I've experienced it. Being so focused on myself and my issues that I miss so much. He read Malachi 1:1-5 and talked about the people that Malachi was addressing and how they had begun to experience this glaucoma. They had been told to simply wait for the Lord, but they were sick of waiting and were unable to see the bigger story that the Lord was creating. In their minds, the Lord did not appear to love them because their vision had been so narrowed and they had grown tired of waiting. 

Don't we all grow tired of waiting? I know I definitely do. Waiting on the next big event, waiting on this to change ... and so forth. If we can expand our vision and treat this glaucoma, we can see the larger picture and be reminded that yes, big things are happening all around us and although you personally may be in a period of waiting, you must wait faithfully & joyfully. 

What a great reminder for this Monday morning. A tough and difficult one, but so necessary. 

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