Putting On New Glasses

This might be considered part two for Warning Signs.

I realized last summer my glasses weren’t working as well as when I first got them.  Especially in my left eye. When my parents asked what I wanted for my birthday, I asked for new glasses.

This time, instead of going to Walmart, I went to my Mamaw’s eye doctor. I liked how he worked with her, plus they had frames that I LOVED.

I picked out cheap frames the first time at Walmart, because I wasn’t sure how well the glasses would work, how well I’d like them, and if I could handle wearing them for long periods. (I have weird sensitivities on parts of my body and one of those is the bridge of my nose. It gets so sensitive sometimes that the discomfort is almost painful.) I thought I was getting them for driving only but it turns out I need them all the time.

In a similar way, I realized God was real, and I needed to be saved. I tested out this Gospel to see if it would work out for me. I thought believing what Jesus did was enough and didn’t really pursue Him after that as I should. I pursued knowledge mostly. I would put on my “spiritual glasses” to gain knowledge or pray (when things got hard) but then take them back off when things went smoothly. Just like I would wear the glasses when I would start getting a headache and then take them off when my eyes felt better.

But I needed them all the time.

Eventually, I learned to live with the slight discomfort of wearing glasses. But since when should the Gospel make me feel comfortable? Accepted? I didn’t really think much of it.

Then this year, just like my real glasses, I realized my spiritual glasses were distorted and blurred. I only thought I was seeing clearly. I do realize that my glasses didn’t change, my eyes did. But the glasses were cheaper frames and I could look over them. Sometimes I wouldn’t use the glasses even though they were on my face.

Finally, I had to accept that these glasses weren’t for me.

Upon realizing the spiritual glasses needed to be changed, I let Him give me His glasses. Then I started seeing things more clearly. I started seeing lies more clearly. When God gives the Holy Spirit’s vision instead of man’s cheap glasses, it is as if a veil lifts.

“The people (including many professing Christians and pastors of churches) who are buying into this emergent (paradigm shift) movement are wearing what I will term here “spiritual sunglasses,” which block their eyes (perception, judgment, discernment) from seeing the Light (Christ, truth, righteousness, holiness), i.e. they are spiritually blinded by Satan to the deceptions and manipulations of truth which they are accepting as truth.” – Sue

Just like I needed glasses because I couldn’t see well, so the spirit needs a new lens for seeing things as they truly are. Seeing sin for what it is. Seeing the Gospel. Some have blindfolds over their eyes and refuse to see it at all, being blinded by the Light.

Some have been blinded by a false Gospel (or a real Gospel) and refuse to look at any light to save their eyes from the discomfort and pain of giving up this world. Before glasses, I was light-sensitive. After glasses, I was less light sensitive. Now I can walk outside in the sunlight and I’m not usually that light-sensitive anymore. Same with spiritual glasses. The Holy Spirit revealed the Light and the beauty. It doesn’t hurt anymore. And now the Light is free to expose darkness and sin in my life.

And others put on spiritual glasses and think they see clearly, but they actually distort the gospel. It may look like they put on spiritual glasses, but instead of correcting vision, they got Satan’s deceiving prescription instead of God’s holy prescription. Things that are sinful look pure.

My new prescription makes my vision so much clearer. The new glasses are a bit heavier and not so “fluffy”, so I’m aware they are on my face all the time from the discomfort. But I’ll take the discomfort and nudgings of the Holy Spirit over headaches and distorted seeing any day. ❤

Out Of The Darkness

This is my first time participating in The Weekend Writing Prompt. 🙂 (Thank you to Miriam over at The Shower of Blessings for introducing me to it!) Just so happens, I was writing this poem anyway and it fits the prompt. (The challenge actually helped me finish it, so thank you, Sammi! 😁 Sorry I’m a bit late with posting it though.)

I’m doing the poetry challenge:

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem of no more than 15 lines about “Light and Dark”, that repeats at least two lines of the poem.

The first two lines of the first stanza repeats in the last stanza. 🙂

Out of the darkness and into the Light,
After the dusk, it was a welcoming sight.
Is this rescue from my lengthy plight?

Couldn’t escape the dungeon alone; I gave it all I had,
And then I saw His hand and for it I did grab.
Shining His light – no more gloom, no more drab.

He taught the star inside me how to shine.
I declare proudly that, “I am Thine!”
And now, my Savior is always mine!

Now I glow brightly for all to see,
Show others the Son’s light in me,
To bring them, for His Glory…

Out of the darkness and into the Light,
After the dusk, it is a welcoming sight!
Like a star in the darkness of the night!

Sacrificing The Darkness

Sacrifice. This word has many meanings, but here are the two I’m thinking of today: “The act of offering the life of a person or animal to God” and “the act of giving up something to possibly gain something greater.”

The first one comes up a lot in the Bible.

Ephesians 5:1&2: Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Hebrews 10:12&13: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.

These are obviously “the act of offering the life of a person God.” Jesus replaced the animal sacrifices – He covered all sin with one sacrifice, and defeated death at the same time! This got me to thinking about myself. He gave His life for me; what have I done for Him? What things of the world have I given up for Him?

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image made by me, quote taken from a church sign

For me personally, I was attracted to darkness and death, and some may have thought that I was weird for that, but I was somewhat okay with it at the time. A good friend of mine had a valid point: “Jesus defeated death; why are people (me included) glorifying death?” I touched on this in the post Halloween – A Christian Holiday…? that I posted back in October. (This is the part two I had in mind and am just now posting. 😉)

First Thessalonians 5:5: Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

It took years of stumbling in the darkness to see that I shouldn’t have been following my heart, but I should have been following Jesus instead.

First John 1:5: This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If God has no darkness in Him, then why was I allowing it to be in me? Why let something that Jesus defeated rule inside me?

John 12:35: Then Jesus said unto them, “Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not whither he goes.”

Once I realized how the darkness had come and surrounded me, I couldn’t find my way out of the abyss – until the Light found me and showed me the way out. I had no idea how lost in the dark I was until I made the resolution to stand in the Light. I thank Him every day for that, but sometimes, it’s not easy to stay out even though I know I should.

Matthew 5:14 – 16: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

But if we are the light of the world, then why was I smothering the Light in darkness? Clearly, I should have been letting the Light shine through me, like light shines through stained glass.

Romans 13:12: The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

The hardest thing was giving the darkness up for Jesus, because my heart didn’t want to give it up and put on the armor of Light. Jesus is the opposite of darkness and death; so after some Bible study, I realized that it wasn’t just a choice – I had to give this up and turn toward the Light, for Him. If He could give His life, then surely with Him by my side, I could give this up for Him.

Sacrifices are never easy, but in the end, He is worth it!

Show Me Your Light!

I don’t usually pay much attention to the daily writing prompts – by the time I finish writing the post, it’s usually the next day or the next week. XD But this time, I realized I have the perfect poem to share that fits with the prompt, so here is my first time responding to a prompt. 🙂

I wrote this a few months back about a rough patch I went through years ago. I call it, “Show Me Light!”

I fall to my scraped up knees
I have no reason to live
To You, I am surrendering me
That is all I can give

For way too long I’ve been alone
Shadows of the night fill my soul
Catch me before I am too far gone
Before the darkness swallows me whole

I am without my sense of sight;
I plead – show me a reason for being!
Release me from this mental plight,
Show me what I haven’t been seeing!

Up there, You have always been
Like the moon eclipsing the sun, I see
I was stuck in the shade, when
You shined brightly for all around me

Please, I beg for Your hurrying
In moving the obstacles, to let the Son shine bright!
Send the shadows of the night scurrying
I don’t want to live in darkness; show me Your Light!