At the prayer meeting on Monday morning we talked about the importance of having an accurate perspective, on ourselves, our circumstances and life in general. If our perspective is out of kilter it’s like we are facing the wrong direction and our view is skewed, even if only slightly. It’s important that we turn and set our face in the right direction; it’s a choice we each have to make.
Julie commented that her long-sighted vision is good, but she wears glasses because she has a slight astigmatism, which causes her sight to be slightly skewed and her eyes have to work hard to see clearly. The glasses correct the astigmatism and bring a clearer perspective to the world around and her eyes don’t have to work as hard to focus and don’t hurt. Similarly, if our perspective is accurate life is clearer and less painful, both for ourselves and others.
Isaiah 42:6-7 reads, ‘I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.’ Jesus quotes these words in Luke 4:18 when talking about himself, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ One of the aims of the church is to help people to see themselves and their circumstances clearly, to ‘open blind eyes’, and a lady who has been helped through the online course and the opportunity to talk has recently written to say, “Your affirmation and spiritual insight has been hugely influential, and the Holy Spirit has really been able to work.” In the account of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) Jesus stopped and asked Bartimaeus “What do you want me to do for you?” because he wanted Bartimaeus to ask and be clear about his desire to see. For ourselves, we need to know what we want and be clear and choose to see the right perspective on ourselves and our lives and to be prepared to accept the changes that will bring.