I walked into the local Wall-Mart one day and there was a glorious cloud hanging over me. I had noticed this phenomenon at other places, but the most holy cloud was really more visible in Wall-Mart than any other place! It just made me want to shop there all the time! I felt like Moses and I was following the cloud! But then, I got a big awakening. After having my eyes examined I found that the cloud was really just CATARACTS!
A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope, varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. I made the necessary arrangements to have these obstacles to my vision removed and sadly when it was over, I realized that I was just a normal mortal, there was no heavenly cloud following me everywhere, and on top of that I found that there were cobwebs in all the corners of my house that I had not been able to see before now, and I hoped no one else had noticed! Out came the ladder and the blue feather thing that picks them right up!
In thinking about this, I realize there are a lot of things in our life we quit seeing because things begin to cloud our spiritual vision.
Psalm 119:17 Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders.
When I was growing up, censures ruled TV Land. I remember that Milton Berle was considered “blue” but I didn’t find out what that meant until I became an adult! One night, as I was watching my teen crush, Johnny Carson, an actress’ dress strap kept falling off her shoulder and suddenly there was a commercial. When the commercial ended and they resumed their conversation, she had a “wrap” on and showed the audience that during the break they had TAPED her strap up on her shoulder with a piece of, what looked like black electrical tape! Now you can’t surf the channels without seeing something triple X rated! One evening my grandson, about five-years old, was changing the channels and stopped on a channel where two very naked people were “doing it”! When I noticed how quiet he had become, I had my back to him and the TV, I turned to see what he was doing and I nearly fainted! I ran to change the channel, wondering what he had comprehended! Now let’s think, and be honest with yourself, what is it that you have been shocked at one of your acquaintances for doing, when maybe you have excused yourself for doing the same thing, come on, you know it’s true!
Psalm 119:37 Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way. Affirm your promises to me—promises made to all who fear you.
If you try to look at yourself through someone else’s eyes you might see something a little differently, Reminds me of the old song written by Gene McClelland, “Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the waters, put you hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea, take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently, by putting you hand in the hand of the man from Galilee” Another song that really fits is “Open my eyes Lord I want to see Jesus”.
When you get your spiritual cataracts removed, you will suddenly see yourself with all your cobwebs and dirty corners!
Psalm 51:1-3 Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record. Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry. I know how bad I’ve been; my sins are staring me down.
Psalm 19:12 Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
With your spiritual cataract removed you can look around and see that the cloud of confusion is gone, “you can see clearly now”!