Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to
light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:
and then shall every man have praise of God
(1 Corinthians 4:5).
A new pair of glasses can certainly be an eye opening experience. Bad joke, right?
Nonetheless, for anyone who has needed glasses there is quite an amazing difference in
what was previously perceived, and what now is seen. The individual blades of grass are
distinguishable from the once solid green mass. The lines and pores of ones own hands
become suddenly intriguing, and a reflection in the mirror reveals more than we perhaps
would hope once we give our eyes what is needed to see clearly.
But vision improvement is not the end of the seeing process, for there is much more to it
than that. First, and most importantly, we need good lighting. For we well know that
without light we will see absolutely nothing--even that which is right in front of our
faces. And though we have good vision and good lighting, we must also have something to
look at--something that the light will reflect off of, otherwise we may see light but
sadly miss so much of what the light can do.
With the no real good lighting, good vision really does not matter as much. The
reflections that are seen may well be nothing more than illusions and much may remain
hidden from view. Good lighting will give us a true account of what is around us, leaving
nothing hidden to those who will take time to look. But the wrong lighting will always
leave us somewhat in the dark, and may even mislead us if we are not careful.
Our vision has been reborn once we come into the Light of God. It is by the Light that is
Christ, that we are able to see things as they are. Yet we often have eye trouble that
prevents us from seeing things in truth, even though the Light shines the same from day to
day. To that we are instructed to take necessary steps to remove what is keeping us from
seeing clearly, so that we may have our vision improved and so we may help others who have
similar eye problems.
And this is how the Light of God is displayed in brilliance: His Light reflects in the
eyes of those who steadfastly look upon Him. His Light reflects off of that which is good,
such as righteous works and loving acts, and brings glory to the Light of God. For though
the Light, who is Christ, is beautiful and glorious already, His beauty and glory are
exceedingly magnified when allowed to penetrate the hearts of man, and add new light to
the eyes of all who have come to know the Light.
One would think that we would be drawn to the Light like moths to a flame. Yet there is
much that causes us to move away from the Light rather than toward Him. For although
getting new glasses is a wonderful--and dare I say it, eye opening experience--it is also
something that causes us to see clearly some things we would rather not. As we put on
Christ and with Him, our new eyes, it is like looking at a mirror through new glasses--we
see ourselves as we really are. We see the wrinkles, the blemishes and the scars. We see
all the little imperfections that we have accumulated over the years, and our first
impulse might be to turn and run the other way. But if we remain long enough, we may find
a beauty that is certainly more than what is first seen. For though the Light reveals
imperfections, it also radiates the goodness that is within and the worth we have because
of the Light that has come upon us. God sees us just as we are--imperfect--and to Him we
are lovely. For the Light that reveals everything about us, is the very same Light that
radiates beauty in the eyes of our Maker. And He beholds us. He beholds me, and He beholds
you. And as we are brought closer to the Light and given the ability to see more clearly,
we discover that beauty is truly in the eye of the Beholder.