A New Pair of Glasses

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Olivia rocking her new glasses

Olivia likes to throw things. This is fine when we’re in a contained space, but we now live on a 500-acre farm and happened to be meandering through it when she threw her glasses out of the stroller a couple of weeks ago.

Robert and I must’ve had our eagle eyes on the other five little girls that are under our charge, because neither of us witnessed the glasses throwing incident. So, we ordered a new pair, and Robert and Olivia made the drive to Fort Worth to pick them up today. When they got home, the next two hours went something like this:

I put Olivia’s new glasses on.
She threw them off.
I put them on.
She threw them off.
(Repeat too many times to count.)

Olivia expressed her frustration by screaming, crying, and turning red. I bottled mine up and unfairly erupted on Robert later.

Eternal Glasses

Apparently, we both needed a new pair of glasses. Olivia is far-sighted (she sees objects that are far away more clearly), but I can be very near-sighted at times. I tend to magnify the things that are right in front of me–the here and now, the tangible, whatever seems most pressing–and forget that God has called me to look at things through eternal glasses.

“…While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”–II Corinthians 4:18 (KJV)

Temporal vs. Eternal

Pastor Eddie Trice–who officiated our wedding and is like a second father to me–defines the word temporal as “subject to change.” So many of the things in my life that cause stress, anxiety and fear are temporal. They are subject to change.

My new glasses allow me to see that whatever is eternal is all that really matters. God’s character is eternal. His goodness, His strength, His power and His faithfulness will outlast any problem I could ever face. God’s Word is eternal. “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”–Isaiah 40:8 (NLT) That means that God’s promises will endure. His plan for my life, and for Olivia’s, will persevere to the end. The name of JESUS is eternal and is higher than anything on earth. “… that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth …”–Philippians 2:10 (NLT)  My relationship with God is eternal. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”–Philippians 1:21 (NIV)

The frustrations of daily life, impossible circumstances, broken relationships, sickness and disease, even death–ALL OF THESE are subject to change. They grow dim in the light of eternity.

When I close my eyes to the world’s way of thinking and put on eternal glasses, I begin to see …

  • MIRACLES where I saw impossibility
  • OPPORTUNITY where an obstacle once stood
  • A MOMENT TO SERVE instead of an inconvenience
  • THE CHANCE TO GROW rather than a reason for frustration
  • A BIG GOD, not big problems

Let’s put eternity’s glasses on. Surrender our own way of thinking for His. Magnify God instead of circumstances. Close our eyes to doubt and open them to faith. Look up!

Thanks to Robert Chapman, Chris Gilliam, Crystal Mott, Brandon Pelton, and Katy Skogberg for playing on the recording of this song.

More Real
by Crystal Mott and Holly Chapman

I walk away, and I close my eyes
Try to escape, the fear that I face
I need to find, strength to get me through this fight
So, I close my eyes and I can only see You

You’re more real than the air that I am breathing
More real than the pain that I am feeling
More real than impossibility 
So, I close my eyes and I can only see You

I’m in the dark; don’t know where to turn
I’m so confused
Can’t anybody tell me what to do
‘Cause I can’t seem to find my way
I close my eyes and I can only see You

I close my eyes, I walk away
I get lost in Your love, Your embrace
All the pain is stripped away
I open my eyes

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