A New Way of Seeing Things
by Rev. Scott Andrews
During a recent Lectionary Bible Study, I noticed how many people around the tables needed glasses. Some wore them all the time, some needed them only to read, and some wear contact lenses. Regardless, in this microcosm of our congregation there was a definite need for corrective lenses (in whatever form).
I recently did some research and found out that 64% of adults in our country utilizes corrective lenses of some form or another, and 20% of children and youth need them as well. I found these statistics rather alarming. I also found out that these percentages have remained steady for several decades. This got me to thinking.
With glasses there’s an obvious limit as to where you can look and be able to see.
I’ve worn glasses since I was 8 years old. Over the years, I’ve worn plastic frames, and I’ve also worn wire frames at times. I’ve even attempted to wear contact lenses a couple of times. One observation I have about the difference between glasses and contacts is simple the scope of view.
With glasses there’s an obvious limit as to where you can look and be able to see. I’m near sighted so I need glasses to see distances. When I look out through my glasses, I can look past the edges of the lenses and see what I can’t see clearly. With contacts this disappears. To be honest, I struggled a bit not having the limit that glasses imposed. (I also had a bad reaction to some eye moisture solution they gave me.) Plus, with contacts I had to get “reader” glasses, so I could see up close to read. It’s a vicious cycle. So, I went back to glasses. All in the hope of seeing better.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, wanted Jesus to give to them places of honor and authority in the kingdom of God.
A couple of Sundays back I preached a sermon about how Jesus brought to the world a new way of seeing things. James and John, the sons of Zebedee, wanted Jesus to give to them places of honor and authority in the kingdom of God. They felt that they had worked hard for Jesus in his ministry and that they were worthy of these positions. Jesus, as he often did in his lifetime, helped them to see things in a new way. He informed them that those places were not for him to assign. He then talks to the disciples and tells them that much of what they think is important in this life isn’t. This is something Jesus did throughout his ministry. It’s something he continues to do with us today.
Are we willing to see things in a new way?
As we begin to look at 2019 and beyond, what do we see? Are we willing to see things in a new way? Are we open to the working of God in our lives so that we can challenge ourselves and one another with new opportunities for ministry? Are we willing to let go of things which may have been holding us back? A new way of seeing things may be a bit scary at times. However, we are called to be people who live by faith. We may not see every twist and bend in the road that is before us. And that’s OK. May God bless us as we journey together to be God’s people. Amen!