“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. “ 1 Corinthians 13:12-13
Father, give us new eyes to see. I pray for hearts to be healed from the wounds of abortion so the eyes, the windows to our souls, can be cleansed to see clearly. Wounds cloud our view. Help us see the world, ourselves and others through your eyes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The beauty of the ocean swirled before me as I gazed over the endless blue. The view was breathtaking. All my senses seemed alive while absorbing the smell of the fresh ocean air, the brush of the gentle breeze caressing my skin, and the sounds of waves crashing while seagulls begged overhead for their morning’s breakfast. The ocean is indeed glorious and all seemed well. My senses were not tuned to anything being amiss.
One of the resort workers came by my beach chair and asked if my sunglasses needed cleaning. It was a courtesy of the resort to serve the sunglass needs of their guests.
Surprised by the request, I replied “Oh, no thank you. I think they are fine.”
He paused as if implying I should allow the request, so I said, “Well, ok, thank you” and handed over the windows to the world around me.
He polished away with his cloth and handed them back to me within seconds. As I put the glasses back on, I was amazed at the difference! Everything was clearer and crisper. The glory of the Lord’s creation set before me was even more beautiful!
When I was viewing my world through the foggy sunglasses, what I saw was not the true picture of what was before me. I only saw in part. I only knew in part.
In this world, we have much trouble. There are many wounds we have endured and continue to endure daily. These wounds may cloud our vision of seeing truth. We often see the world and others through eyes of wounded-ness. This hinders our view and it hinders our love.
Someone forgets to text us back and we see it as rejection. Not because they rejected us but because we have projected the wounds of our past rejection onto that person.
Our spouse says something in jest, it triggers an old wound and we retreat in defeat or spew hurtful words in defense. Meanwhile, he is clueless as to what just happened.
A parent was abusive, distant, or neglectful, and now we scoff at those in authority or fear they too will act in these ways. Our trust is forfeited and we withhold a part of ourselves.
A father did not love as he should have loved so now it is difficult to see your heavenly Father as the loving Father He is. Eyes clouded by wounded-ness. We cannot completely surrender and back away from communion with the Father due to fear of being fully known.
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly.” Love diminished.
In heaven we will finally see fully. We can wipe and clean our lenses, but there will always be a slight film blocking our vision from the true beauty around us we were created to enjoy.
However, as we are healed from past wounds and pains and allow the Lord to clean our lenses, the view does become more clear and accurate.
We don’t even realize how our own wounded-ness clouds our vision. It is only when we allow the Lord to clean our lenses that we are able to realize how the fog was hindering our view and our ability to love.
This is a life-long process with the finish line crossing over to eternity in heaven. But there are cleansing stations along the way.
The Father is asking you today, “Will you let me clean your lenses?”
What will your response be?
If you or someone you know needs healing from the wounds of abortion and you are ready to allow the Lord to wipe off the film of wounded-ness from your eyes, you can go to www.deeperstill.org to find out more about our healing retreats nationwide.