v 24 The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.”
There are occasions when learning to see takes time. Vision does not always provide us with instant illumination, it is not like having a cataract removed. Just because we get our focus right on Jesus does not mean we get total clarity on every issue in life! God might have to go on dealing with us to provide better, clearer and more practical understanding of what life is all about. A child might come home from school one day and announce triumphantly ‘I can do SUMS now’ – only to discover later there is something called Algebra, and later still Differential Calculus, and … so it will go on. Our lives expand into a wider experience and grasp of what it means to see Jesus and appreciate His impact on our lives.
The important thing is to be ready to go on and enlarge our understanding and ability to apply what we discover as we see Jesus better. I’ve said this before, but I don’t think that I am yet in the top class of the discipleship school – I’m still learning, or at least I hope I am!
The other significant thing about getting our vision clearer is that we are all at different points in the process. That could mean learning graciously to differ from other people and not get too anxious about the outcomes. Keep praying for grace to accept differences and yet remain true to what God says in His Word.