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. ❤

Warning Signs

A year ago, I got glasses for the first time.

I started experiencing headaches. They were mild at first and I thought they were sinus headaches because I get allergies, but this just didn’t go away. I began to get paranoid about what was causing it. Something serious or not?

I knew I couldn’t see long distances well. I hadn’t for as long as I can remember. But I was fine with closer up stuff. Or so I thought…

The change was so gradual that I didn’t realize how bad my eyes were. When I got glasses, I was amazed at how clear EVERYTHING was. Close up and far off. Now, without my glasses, I still get a headache in short order, and I can see why because of how blurry everything is.

I still ponder this at times when I take off my glasses and look around. Were my eyes THAT blurry before glasses and I just didn’t notice or have my eyes adjusted to the glasses and therefore, aren’t working as hard to focus which makes everything seem blurrier than I remember?

I don’t know for sure.

But I do know that sin can work the same way. Everything seemed great before, but then, little warning signs start to appear. A small headache, nah, it’ll go away if I ignore it. A little eye twitching, nah, it’ll be fine in time. But then the red flags get bigger and bigger until it can’t be ignored anymore.

And when the spiritual glasses are put on, suddenly everything is crystal clear. Those warning signs shouldn’t have been ignored. And the sin is seen for what it is. SIN.

And those painful little warning signs that were uncomfortable and stung a little was actually damage being done to the soul. It won’t go away. Sin has to be dealt with the same way.

And stopping sin is like putting on glasses for the first time and wearing them everywhere when not used to it. **It can make a person sick for a while. But sin is sin, it’s not something to slowly back away from (depending on what it is. For me and my gaming, I would be like, I’ll play it less today than yesterday and that will be fine. But I had no self-control and would end up playing for hours. Playing for 2 hours instead of 3 was still not good). I like how Brandon worded it – stop struggling with your sin and KILL IT.

We need to stop ignoring the warning signs and put on those spiritual glasses!

(**On an unrelated note, for me when I first put on my glasses, I ended up with an upset stomach like motion sickness. It shocked my whole system on the first day. The lady told me if it was my first time getting glasses, it might be a good idea to wait until the next morning and put them on first thing so the eyes will be rested and can get used to it. But I was so excited to see everything that I didn’t heed her warning. So I paid the consequences. 🥴🤣🤷🏻‍♀️)

Wonder Wednesdays – What is astigmatism?

What is astigmatism?

If you read yesterday’s life update post, you probably saw this topic coming… 😆

Answer: Astigmatism is an eye defect in which the cornea, the clear round part of the eye that covers the pupil and iris, is not shaped correctly.

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Or you could simply say that a normal eye cornea is shaped like a round ball while an eye with astigmatism is more like a football. This causes light that enters to be bent which means that the light rays don’t reach the back of the eye as they should, causing images to blur or distort. Sorta like this:

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Some websites defined it as a “refractive error.” For me personally, without my glasses, LED clocks are one of the hardest to read because the light from one number blurs into the next. (And until I got my glasses, I thought this was a normal thing and wondered how people could easily read those things. XD) Turns out, this usually causes light to not focus correctly, and in my case, bright lights became painful.

So, how does one get it? Most people are born with it. But luckily, glasses or contacts usually fixes it. 😀

Crystal Clear – Life Updates, June 2018

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I did one of these and I thought it might be time I wrote another.

As you may or may not have gathered from some of my past posts such as Allergy Season Poetry And Flower Photos, I’m an allergy sufferer. This year had been a lot worse in some ways than previous years for some reason with pressure. It turns out a lot of the sinus pressure behind the eyes that I thought I had wasn’t sinus pressure…

We made an appointment for me to get glasses. I was so nervous that I pretty much worked myself into quite a few anxiety attacks. 😅 But as usual, I made a mountain out of a molehill. Everything went fine. My eyes are healthy, just tired of trying to focus on stuff.

Glasses fixed the majority of those problems I was experiencing. 😀 I knew that I couldn’t see in the distance. I haven’t since I can remember. Haha, I thought I could see fine up close, but it turns out – I couldn’t. XD I’ve never seen this clearly before. It’s a shock. I was a bit queasy and a little dizzy after putting the glasses on for the first time. My brain was overloaded with seeing everything up close and far away.

Haha, I actually thought that all lights such as white letters on a black background on closed captioning on TV, LED clocks, etc were supposed to have little halos around the letters, which made it extremely hard to read them when they blurred the next line of text or letter and number next to each other. Turns out, they don’t. And this is caused by something called astigmatism that I was apparently born with. But the glasses took that away. It’s still weird seeing things as they are supposed to be seen.

So after over 25 years of my eyes trying to adapt to astigmatism, my eyes were tired and sick of it, and it manifested itself as mimicking sinus pressure.

For those of you praying for me, I thank you. 🙂 God answers prayer! Sometimes in unexpected ways. I wondered if perhaps my allergies caused a sinus infection or something, but nope – turned out, it was mostly the eyes. And the actual allergy problems are not so bad now – no allergy meds needed presently. 🙂

As for my adventures so far with my glasses…

  • I may have annoyed my mom by reading too many sale signs in the shopping center, and business signs, road signs, and speed limit signs on the way home…
  • When I got home, it took me a while to get used to seeing myself with glasses. I’d walk by a mirror, “WHO IS THAT – oh.”
  • I spent five minutes with glasses cleaning cloths and the spray on glasses cleaner trying to wipe a smudge off the glasses and was annoyed that every time I put them back on, it was STILL THERE. Turns out, it was glare. (Go ahead and laugh – I did! My dad did too. He was the one who suggested it was glare. XD)
  • Taking photos of myself – or my mom taking pictures of me – might be more difficult now because of the glare problem. And also, during a recent video chat, the glare on my glasses was literally showing my friend that I had two laptop screens for eyeballs. O.o I’m still working on figuring out the best angle to get rid of it.
  • I accidentally left the spoon in my tea after stirring in the honey and came close to scratching the lens  – or knocking the lens out – when I took a sip of it. (Thank you, Jesus, for protecting my glasses – and using the glasses to protect my eye!)
  • It’s nearly impossible to keep the glasses on my nose when trying to garden. As soon as my face becomes oily, they slip down my nose. My dad called me “Granny” like in the Beverly Hillbillies, which I found amusing. XD I had to go back to the eye care center and have the glasses adjusted. Now they stay on my face.
  • I saw a vulture flying low over our road. And… I actually saw it. Not a fuzzy thing being washed out by the bright sky. Crazy!!!
  • I can wiggle my ears – the left ear the best – and I’ve discovered that I can make my glasses dance on my face. I wonder sometimes if I am too easily entertained…
  • At this point, without my glasses, everything is super fuzzy. I guess this means that my eyes are now used to my glasses and aren’t trying so hard (which I’m glad of because I don’t want them to feel like they are going to explode), or I just didn’t realize how fuzzy things actually were before and now I have a crystal clear image to compare it with.

And this concludes my adventures of getting glasses. 🙂 See you tomorrow for Wonder Wednesday!