I went to the eye doctor last week. I had not been in a while and I needed more contact lenses as I was almost out. I have a few eye problems so I really should go to the doctor once a year but in this case, I think it had been closer to two years. (I am a bit cheap that way and have a dislike of all the poking and prodding whenever I go to the doctor).
One of the conditions that I have had in the past causes me some discomfort (I have eye lashes that curl around and poke me in my eye.) Lately I had been having more discomfort in the evening and I would try to rub my eye to get the eyelash out or I would spend time trying to pluck them out but no matter how I tried, nothing helped. My eye was just so irritated when I was reading or watching TV.
So I was mentioning this to the eye doctor during the exam since he asked if I was having any problems. And lo and behold, this problem was not my eyelashes. My eyes were dry. The doctor described some part of my eye’s surface as if it was a road with potholes all over it from the dryness and irritation. He gave me some eye drops to use at night. They are so soothing. It has only been a week but already my eyes feel so much better. I am reading and watching TV without any irritation.
If only I had known that the doctor could fix me up so easily I would have gone to him much sooner.
My visit to the doctor and his knowing how to soothe my dry eyes reminded me of my relationship to Christ, our great physician. Am I reluctant to go to him regularly? Am I afraid of the cost or dislike the poking and prodding? Hmmmm, maybe. Are you? But let us not be. The Bible says:
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
Oh, how I love this verse. Let us remember that Christ is our great physician and that while he may do some poking and prodding if we need it, he knows exactly what we need. If we need a soothing salve, he will give it to us. If we have a broken heart, he will heal it and bind up our wounds. We don’t have to wait a year for our check up. He wants us to come to Him every day in prayer. Today I am so thankful for the soothing care our great physician gives to us. Let us remember to go to Him each day to comfort out broken hearts.
Recently we were on a beach, and everywhere I looked I saw tracks. Tracks of people, tracks of dogs, tracks of birds and some tracks that I couldn’t tell what made them. It made me curious. As I was puzzling over who made such strange tracks (could it be a lizard?) I also noticed something else. It was usually quite windy at the beach and the tracks didn’t last long. Maybe a day, or maybe longer in a sheltered place. Eventually, over a few days, wind and rain would wipe the tracks out and they would completely disappear.
It made me think of the following verse:
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
Our lives here on earth are so short and much of what we do will disappear so quickly after we die. What can we do to leave a permanent mark – an eternal mark?
Today I am preaching to myself. In the last couple years I have become comfortable and complacent. I go to work, I keep the house, I cook the meals, I haul the kids to their activities or friends’ houses, I watch TV with my husband. I don’t read that much, I don’t serve out of the house much, I don’t pray much, and I don’t worship much. I feel dead, like I am wasting my life.
Verses that I really struggle with obeying/understanding/living are Ephesians 5:15 and 16.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
I would like to see some kind of permanent building or construction going on – not just tracks in the sand. I need to do better about making the most of my time and not wasting it. Do you?
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” What does it mean to be the light of the world? The sun lights up the whole world. Without it there would be no life, no plants, no living creatures, only darkness and cold. Jesus is the creator and sustainer of all life on earth and he also brings us the new life through our spiritual rebirth if we believe in Him.
Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We are not like the sun, but rather, Jesus describes us as a city on a hill, or a lamp on a stand. We who believe in him are the lower lights, pointing the way to him. I like the way one old hymn puts it:
“Brightly beams our Father’s mercy from His lighthouse evermore,
But to us He gives the keeping of the lights along the shore.
Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman you may rescue, you may save.”
Through this blog, I hope to use what feeble gifts I have as a lower light who points others to Christ. I hope it will be an encouragement to others and even to myself as we follow Christ together.