From Steve’s Desk
2020! It seems so odd to write, doesn’t it? I read a FACEBOOK post on January 1st that indicated that the first mistake we would make in the new year would be writing the wrong year. It does take time to get used to. I am not sure it was my first mistake of the year.
This new year has led me to think about 20/20 vision. 20/20, indicates perfect vision, or that’s what we may think. I did some research and found that 20/20 is not perfect vision, but it is the average vision. This measurement was developed by Dutch eye doctor named Herman Snelling in 1834. It is a comparison of a measurement. It measures your sight to what the average person sees at a distance of 20 feet. At 20/10, you see things at 20 feet that the average person can only see at 10 feet. So, you have better vision than the average. 20/40 then means that you must be twice as close to see what the average person sees at 20 feet. Thus, you have poorer vision. Confused? Well, let’s just say that nobody has perfect vision.
This has set me thinking about what God sees. We know that God is ALL-SEEING! On the back of the US dollar bill is the image of a pyramid that is crowned by an eye, the All-seeing Eye of God’s Providence. Can we understand all that God sees? Is God’s eyesight 20/20? Well, I don’t think so, because He cannot be compared to the “average” person because He is above mankind. He can’t be measured by our vision, we need to be measured by His.
Should we be concerned about what He is seeing? I hope so. I remember a song I was taught as toddler entitled; “O’ Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.” There were several verses that each includes a different part of our body but gives the same caution: we need to be careful because God is looking down from above. It is an important message for us to learn and not just at young ages. We need to be reminded that He can see all that we do and all that we are, in our hearts and minds as well.
I mentioned earlier that God cannot be measured by us, but we by Him. Our actions and our thoughts need to be corrected to the way He sees things. He will show us and correct our vison. Let’s focus on our vision becoming like what God’s sees!
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…”Eph. 1:18