Praise the Lord, as I write this, I am wearing my new prescription reading glasses. I love them. I tried prescription reading glasses once before but had a bad experience with the company and ended up with glasses that ended up causing more trouble than good. My vision has gone downhill as I have aged, and I am sad to say I didn’t realize how bad things had gotten until I was editing a book I had written and realized my blurry vision was making writing and editing pretty hard. Still, it was a long while until I finally surrendered and went to Walmart to get a vision test and order glasses. I am so thankful to the Lord for providing my glasses and for the help He sent me and for the money to get them. But the good new and clear vision I now have when I wear my glasses is nothing when compared with the “good new and clear vision” God has given me in life. And for this I am exceedingly thankful to the Lord!
Can you relate to any of this? God has given me the “good new and clear vision” to see my sin, to realize my need to repent and be forgiven, to see and know and receive His love, to see and appreciate His majesty and splendor and beauty, to see and appreciate His grace and mercy and kindness and care and compassion and goodness and wisdom, to see where I need to grow, to see how nothing I am without Him, to see when I need to purify myself, to see my continual need for Him, to see His blessedness and blessings, to see His goodness and to acknowledge and praise Him for it, to read the Bible and learn to live by it, to see others’ needs and how He wants me to love and serve them, and on and on. He has most assuredly given me new vision!
When we repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord, truly surrendering our lives to God, He makes us “new creatures”. And, as new creatures, we are given new vision, don’t you think? The ability to see what we couldn’t see before. And with this comes an amazing opportunity to tell and show the Lord how very thankful we are!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17