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Rest Your Eyes--You Will Be Able to See Better

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

For years, I was terribly near-sighted. I began wearing glasses in the 4th grade, endured all of the bruising comments, and rejoiced a few years ago when radial keratotomy made perfect vision possible. Now my biggest problem is not finding my glasses, but resting my eyes periodically so my perfect vision is clearly focused. Especially after a lot of reading or computer work, I feel the need to rest my eyes. According to the eye doctor, the best exercise is to look at distant objects. A few minutes on the front porch, looking at God's creation--hills, forests, deer, birds--has a wonderful power to provide rest, and my tired eyes are easily restored.

What is true physically is also true spiritually. The eyes of our souls become tired in this world. We become weary from the constant need to focus on the tasks, problems, and difficulties before us. We cannot see clearly because of our continuing need to focus on things at hand. Only the distant look--the upward, eternal look--can restore a clear vision of God's spiritual realities. Perhaps this is what the Psalmist had in mind when he wrote, "I will lift my eyes to the help comes from the Lord" (Psalm 121).

Are you overwhelmed by life's challenges? Look to God, who can put problems in perspective, supply strength for the sojourn, and and provide a clear vision of the victory.

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Last updated May 29, 2002.