There are very few absolutes left in our world today. Among the few, two became “blaringly” obvious this past week.
1. God has a sense of humor.
2. People are mostly blind.
Those statements may sound a little strange coupled together but stick with me for a minute and you’ll “see” what I mean.
Recently I went to the Costco optical department to update my outdated glasses and look for new frames. Most of the time I wear my contact lens which are set for distance vision, and I use readers to see up close. But on this day I didn’t have my readers, but I didn’t think I necessarily needed to see up close either. I was looking for shape and color.
While waiting for the optical expert to help me, I picked out several frames in various colors. When my number was called I went to the optical counter and sat down. I tried on each frame starting with my favorite.
With each one I tried on I heard the same thing, “Too big.” I finally got to the last set I had picked out when I heard, the magic words, “Perfect fit.”
The sides of these frames were pink with some black etching. I thought, pink is good. I look good in pink. So I ordered them.
Within a week they were ready. The technician put them on my face. Delighted that I could now see 20/20, I strolled out the door with eyes wide open.
I proudly wore my glasses around all day, peeking into a mirror every now and then to make sure I still looked as cool as I thought. This is so great, I might even give up my contacts.
At the end of the day I ran the water for a hot bath. As I climbed into the tub I took off my glasses and laid them to the side. With my body submerged, the frames were now eye level with my head. This was the first time I had the opportunity to see the frames close up and personal. (Without contacts or glasses I can see magnifying close.)
When I saw what was on the side of the frames I’d been wearing around all day, I know my jaw must have dropped and I’m sure my face turned as white as my soaking tub. The black etching on the side of my glasses wasn’t etching at all. It was wording that read, LOVE MYSELF BETTER THAN YOU, complete with a little heart.
I was mortified! I’d been proudly wearing that statement around all day long. I thought, heavens, who wears this stuff ? Who says stuff like, love myself better than you (besides unsuspecting people like me)? It’s not even Christian!!!
The panic really set in when I started thinking about the class I was leading at church on words we should and shouldn’t say.
Laughs on me. I didn’t even realize the glasses were saying just the opposite of what I wanted to represent.
Then came the convicting moment.
“Search me Oh God and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in my and lead me to the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23 (ESV)
Like David, who penned these words in scripture, I can get so caught up in myself that I don’t even recognize the sin I might be caring around. Sin that everyone else can see but I’m blinded to. David wanted to make sure that he was purged of all sin so he asked God to search his heart and try his thoughts. Clean the closet of his heart so to speak.
It’s not something I like to ask God to do on a regular basis (search me for hidden sin), because what usually comes out is ugly but at the same time it’s necessary for my spiritual health. The words on my glasses reminded me of that very thing.
God’s funny that way. I feel Him laughing with me and loving me all at the same time.
Yay for Costco, they took the glasses back and we all had a good laugh, and me, a sigh of relief.
And I realized even when the world is looking like 20/20, my heart may still need another pair of glasses.