There are days when we wake up and it seems the birds are whistling a classic Disney tune, the sun is shining through clean windows, and the temperature is 72 degrees. The air is filled with the smell of calorie-free bacon and waffles, prepared by your adoring family, and the laundry is folded—and, put away. Okay, I know I’ve really, really stretched it here but, there are days when we wake up and our joy is automatically full. Life feels light and breezy and we are filled with anticipation for of the day.
And then there are those other days. The sky is dark, the floor is cold, and the house is silent except for the drip from the leaky faucet. Our mind may quick-step to situations that seems out of our control, the ones that tower over us with shadows of foreboding. We get out of bed with shoulders drooped and head for the coffee maker bumping into Anxiety and Despair in the hallway, only to be met at the dish-filled kitchen sink by Hopelessness and his buddy, Dread.
What if first thing every morning we were to put on a pair of glasses so we could see correctly? Yes, I know some of us already do this so that we can see our way to the coffee maker. Yet, you might already realize that I’m not simply addressing the need for corrective lenses of the everyday sort. Rather, these lenses are a sort of spiritual bifocals. They filter perspectives and thoughts, and they even guard our heart. These lenses, when worn properly, block negative and harmful rays and give us clear vision. Clarity that is derived by a plethora of promises and examples of God’s faithfulness and love found in His Word.
These special lenses are faith. Formed by the Scripture, they are Holy Spirit designed. They cancel out the fears of the day that try to line up in front of us like a readied militia. The “substance of things hoped for—the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), this is the True vision we all need!
So when the alarm rings tomorrow, and the sky is dark, just slip on your faith-lenses. We don’t need to be pushed around by Anxiety, Fear, or Hopelessness because the God of all hope, the One who searches the earth looking for those who are committed to Him that He may strongly support them (2 Chronicles 16:9) desires to secure your day through faith in Him.
“My son, give attention to my Words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
For they are life to those who find them.And health to all their flesh.”