An Eye-Opening Experience


It was my turn to read the “chart.” I had been pulled out of 6th grade for my annual eye exam. I walked down the school hallway to the exam room and was told to stand on the chalk line. After being given a plastic black spoon, I was told to cover my left eye and read the letters on the chart, beginning with the biggest one. I dutifully followed directions, put the spoon over my left eye and read the letter E on top of the chart. Then I squinted and thought I saw an F and T on the next line. I couldn’t read anything below that. I read the letters on the chart with the same result when I put the spoon over my right eye. I didn’t think much of it. I was told, “Thank you,” and I started to go back to class. But just as I reached the outside door of the room, I turned around and watched another kid from my class put the spoon over his left eye. He started reading all the letters on the chart, all the way to the bottom. I thought to myself, “Wow, that kid has some kind of eyesight.” It was shortly thereafter the news arrived that my fellow classmate wasn’t a “visionary” kid after all. He was normal. I was blind! That is, I needed glasses. I had no idea that I wasn’t seeing like everyone else, because I only knew how things looked through my eyes. The day I got my glasses is the day I realized that a whole new world was at my fingertips. I remember so distinctly standing outside and looking at the trees. They were not just gobs of green as I had seen them before,  they had distinct leaves. It was an “eye-opening” experience. I have never forgotten that moment. That is what clear and focused vision can give a kid; a new perspective on things.

In this life many travel, unaware, that they are not seeing all that this life has to offer. Sure they enjoy the shades of green on the trees, but they are not partaking of the crystal clear vision that comes with the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are missing the beauty of seeing each individual leaf! As a kid, I was enjoying my life and thinking all was well. I was never the same after putting on my glasses for the first time. I didn’t and wouldn’t have wanted to go back to my days of fussiness. I had been exposed to something better, a miracle you could say; a conversion to a better life.

Over the years as I have looked about, I have found nothing that gives clearer vision to the beauty of this life than the teachings of Christ. I know that others may be happy with their lives. How wonderful! But, can anyone really understand what they are missing until they put on “spiritual” glasses and begin to see the tiny beauties that are waiting to be discovered? Why would anyone ever want to go back!  I was always impressed with this scriptural story, found in the ninth chapter of John.

” Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight… Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” (John 9: 10-11, 24-25).

For many, like myself, the gospel of Jesus Christ has given clarity to our lives. It’s a clarity that is eye-opening and wonderful!

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