Looking at Life Through New Lenses

IMG-20120407-00400A few weeks ago, I went to the eye doctor anticipating that I may need some touch-ups to my lasik surgery from a few year back.  Instead it turned out that my issues were muscular in nature rather than with the shaping of my cornea which is what lasik fixes.  After 26 years of not wearing glasses, I could not believe that I would be wearing glasses to drive and to work on the computer.  Honestly, I was not too happy about it, but I have to realize that I am not getting any younger.  Eyes, like everything else, may need some help as I continue to age.  When I picked up the glasses on Friday, I tried them on so that the technician could make any needed adjustments.

I was shocked!

I knew that my eyes had been straining for quite a while, but I was completely in awe of the crispness with which I could now see through my new lenses.  I remembered the first time I had glasses (back in third grade – urgh!) and how I kept taking them off and putting them back on to see the stark difference.

Today is Easter Sunday, the day on which we celebrate that Jesus rose from the grave after dying on the cross and being buried.  In His death, our sins are forgiven.  In His resurrection, we have new life because He has conquered death.

I know that many people struggle with whether Jesus is the only way to eternal life or if we need our sins to be forgiven.  I have chosen to have the Bible be my compass and my guide.  I have chosen to believe that it is true because, of all of the choices we have in this world, it makes the most sense to me.

Christ’s resurrection provides me with a clear vision of my life. Through it, things either make sense at some point or I can have hope that there is bigger plan in the works.  Without Christ in my life, I fear that I would have less clear vision…like when I do not wear my glasses.  With Christ in my life, I have a focus, a purpose, and a hope that – although most things are beyond my understanding – God is working all things for good.

As I celebrate Christ’s resurrection today, I celebrate what that meant for all of us; however, I also celebrate for me…knowing that Christ died and rose for me – as well as for all.

Most of the time, I try not to be terribly “preachy” on my blog.  But today I want to be clear of my beliefs.

The Apostles’ Creed sums it up for me:   I believe in God the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and of earth, and in Jesus Christ – His only son, our Lord – who was conceived by the Holy Spirit (yes – I believe…), born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.  He descended into hell (I cannot imagine how the Trinity endured this…). The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God.  From thence He shall come to judge the quick (living) and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Amen.

With Christ as my lens, I can see clearly.

How is your eyesight?

Happy Easter!

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