Yesterday morning was hazy; it was difficult to see clearly.
We had learned last Sunday about Jesus healing the blind man in Bethsaida (Mark 8) and how at first, his vision was hazy, how he saw people looking like walking trees. And how when Jesus had asked him whether he could see anything, the blind man was honest and spoke truthfully of his troubled vision.
My vision of God, and possibly many of yours too, might be a bit hazy these days.
We know that God is with us, but it is a little unclear in the circumstances around us. We know that He is at work, but we are not seeing Him working. Instead, we are feeling the lump in our throats, the heaviness in our chests, the uneasiness in our insides.
As a church, we have been immersed in a lengthy season of waiting and praying and then, repeat pattern. We have received some difficult answers from God and although we acknowledge His sovereignty, it is difficult to go through these days, as our vision of Him is a little dim.
The late Helen Howarth Lemmel, a 55 year old blind composer of more than 500 hymns and poems, was given a track by a missionary friend entitled “Focused” in 1918. It contained the following statement that had a great impact on Lemmel:
“So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.”
And following is the song the Holy Spirit inspired for Lemmel to compose:
O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free
Turn you eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
We need Jesus to restore our vision, so we can see Him clearly; we need Him desperately today.