About a month ago my youngest daughter underwent eye surgery to straighten her eyes. You may read about the story in previous blogs, Assurance + Promise: Part I and Assurance + Promise: Part II. Not long before that, she received new glasses. Her old glasses were cracked so it was definitely time for new ones.
Shalom’s new glasses were sparking and clear with beautiful, purple frames. The only problem was, she didn’t like them. She said the prescription was too strong and honestly, I noticed that they made her eyes cross a lot more than the previous ones. Since she was having a hard time adjusting to the new glasses, she didn’t wear them. Her dad and I both noticed this and admonished her to wear the new glasses, at least while out in public. That worked for a while, but honestly, who thinks to change glasses whenever they go out of the house?
We went through that for a couple of weeks when finally, her dad hid the old ones and told her to wear the new ones all the time. I thought it was a smart thing to do, although I didn’t agree wholeheartedly at first. Finally, Shalom was forced to adjust to the new glasses.
An interesting thing happened a few days later. She was sitting beside me one day and came across her glasses in my drawer.
“My old glasses!” she exclaimed and immediately put them back on.
I was busy working on something so I didn’t give it much thought about trying to take them from her and hide them again. Later on though, I saw the old pair of glasses back in its case and Shalom was wearing the new ones, without any prodding from her Dad or me. She had adjusted to the new glasses and once doing that, did not want the old glasses anymore.
I thought about how that relates to our spiritual lives and our lives in general. Often times God is wanting to give us something better in the area of relationships, jobs, business, or opportunities, but unfortunately, the security and familiarity of the old keeps us from moving forward. We are often stuck in our comfort zones.
This has been my case on more than one occasion. I’ll share one. Almost ten years ago, my husband re-enlisted in the Army which meant leaving our then home of Atlanta, GA. I had been there for fifteen years and didn’t have any plans on leaving. My immediate family members were there and I had served in several areas of leadership in my church for almost fifteen years. I was definitely in a place of comfort. When I spoke of my concerns to my children’s ministry pastor, she wisely told me to support my husband as he was trying to support his family.
Those timely words of counsel released any anxiety I had about uprooting and leaving the church where I had received the majority of all my spiritual rearing. Fast forward almost ten years and I am extremely thankful for all the traveling we did as a military family. We have met some wonderful people, made some awesome friends, and visited places that we would not have if we had stayed in Atlanta.
The Bible says in Isaiah 43:19 (Message Bible) “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is!”
Maybe those new glasses for you is a relationship with Christ. Maybe He wants you to end a toxic relationship or mend an old one. Whatever the case, I’d like to encourage you to be willing to abandon the “old glasses” in order to embrace the new ones. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be so worth it. It’s time for your new glasses!
Thank you for reading. I hope this has inspired you in some way! If so, let me know.