Andy Hollifield 5-30-18
“Can’t you see straight?” That is a common phrase here in the mountains of western North Carolina. When someone is hammering and bends a nail or maybe when they almost hit something with their car. It is most of the time used in either a scared, frustrated, or comical tone. The fact of the matter is that some people can’t see straight. After giving it some thought, I have concluded that the phrase has a spiritual application also.
When my son was a baby he had a condition in his eyes where they weren’t tracking together called strabismus. The reason I mention this is because I took Tyler for an eye appointment Tuesday and asked his doctor how his eyes were doing in that aspect. He said they were together or very close and also considering the problem he had when he was young, he is doing remarkably good. There was even a possibility, way back when, that we couldn’t rule out surgery to correct it. Needless to say I am thankful for what the Lord has done in that situation as Tyler has gotten older. To be honest, Tyler couldn’t see straight. His eyes were giving his brain two different images to process which meant he couldn’t really focus on anything. Since he was pretty much non verbal till he was about seven, we likely would have never known it until it may have been too late to do anything about it if the doctor hadn’t of caught it.
I mentioned there was a spiritual application. Back before we were born again, and even as new converts, we didn’t see things like we do now. As we have gotten older, we should have grown in the faith and see things a little different than what we used to. As young Christians, we had a tendency to mostly see the good in everything. It probably didn’t take long for most of us to get a reality check and realize that everyone doesn’t believe like we do. That was when we had to start trying to get our eyes to track onto what is right scripturally. I know when I first started preaching I realized that I believed like I did because that was how I was raised. I decided that I needed to study and make sure what I believed lined up with the bible.
There is a quote from Donald Rumsfeld, Sec. of Defence under President Bush 43, that says, “We don’t know what we don’t know.” That is the short version but that is exactly why we have to study and learn why we believe what we believe. That gets our spiritual eyes tracking together and having a single focus. That is when we begin to “see straight” as we call it. It is also a fact that as we get older we begin to see things a lot clearer than when we were younger. Paul spoke of it in 1 Corinthians 3 as growing spiritually going from milk to meat.
I have found as I have gotten older that I don’t see as well as I once did. I have become farsighted which means I can see objects clearly at a distance but my vision is blurry when they are close. For that reason I began wearing reading glasses when I was 42 years old. I have also noticed my eyes have gotten more sensitive to light and it is harder to see when driving in the rain. Spiritually speaking, my vision is getting better all the time. I am still farsighted because I can see what is waiting for me in heaven and it is coming into focus a little clearer each day. There is still a lot about heaven that we don’t know what we don’t know. I sure am enjoying every little bit I learn and now at 53, I am beginning to understand why folks say they are getting more homesick to go. Someone once said that they weren’t getting homesick but they were getting heresick. Sick of seeing what our world here is becoming and that yonder world is looking better and better. My uncle, when dying of cancer, told everyone that he had more family over there than he did over here. I am seeing that more the older I get.
I guess you could say, the older I get the better I am starting to “see straight.” When I went to Dallas in 1990, I had never been in such a flat place. I saw a skyline of a city and was told that it was Dallas, Texas. I asked when we would be there and I was told it would be an hour or two. The longer we drove the more of it I could see as we got closer. Off in the distance on the horizon, I can see another skyline. It is coming more into focus every day. I am beginning to figure out there is a lot I don’t know about that city. As the bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” But in verse 10 it says, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” Day by day we are beginning to get to where we can see straight; straight into the gates of that city. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 5-30-18