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When the day came for us to report to the school library for our annual vision test, I stood in line obediently, smoothing my navy-blue plaid jumper over my midsection. I felt we waited in line forever. I needed to stay focused. It was almost my turn. Finally, the school nurse called my name, and I stepped my Mary Jane shoes to the masking tape on the library floor. I had memorized them, which is why I confidently told the nurse what they were.
I had figured out over the years that the benefit of having a last name that began with F and not with A was that I never really went first for anything. Even when the teacher reversed alphabetical order to give students with last names beginning with T or W a chance to go first, I was still in the middle. That definitely had its advantages on vision testing day.
The nurse had no idea that I had a secret. Saved by the power of my good memory! Or so I thought.
Despite my faking success on the eye exam, one of my teachers mentioned to my parents that she thought an eye doctor should examine me. I was mortified! There was no alphabetical order to grant me time to figure out the sequence. It was just me—and the eye doctor. You are not seeing anything clearly. I was just fine. I just had to get really, really close to something, and then it looked clear.
I grumbled as I grew quietly curious. What have I been missing? I wondered. What more will I really be able to see if I get glasses? Will things look different? Will they look better? With the glasses prescription in hand, my mom and I darted to LensCrafters.
I can still remember the parking spot we pulled into. I knew this excursion was important. What I did not know was that I would never see the same again. With the guarantee that my glasses could be done in less than an hour, we began our search for the perfect frames. I must have tried on every pair while my mom waited patiently and helped me. And then I was ready. The decision was made. Like them? I thought. I loved them! They were the biggest, reddest, widest lenses I could ever have imagined, and in about fifty-nine minutes, they would hold the power to let me see all the things the eye doctor said I had been missing.
While the people at LensCrafters made my lenses, I ran errands with my mom, as she had taken the afternoon off from work for the big event. The sky grew darker, and the big fuzzy red lights on the backs of the cars in front of us told me it was almost dinnertime. My stomach sent the same message with its growling. I was getting hungry—and a little nervous. Mom and I returned to the eyeglass store fifty-five minutes after we had left, and there they were. I finally saw what I had been missing out on all those years.
The leaves on the trees—I could see them from across the street, and I could see all of them! I could see everything on the wall from all the way across the room! Those fuzzy red car lights were not fuzzy at all! Even better, they were not just one big blob of red blurry light.
There were two—and they were sharp and square!
Self-Observation Without Judgment (Danna Faulds)
I am dating myself. These were the days before the innovative third brake light. I could read street signs for the very first time. My mom had the biggest smile on her face—and a little tear. I had been faking her out with my way of being okay with the blur for so long that she likely felt both overjoyed that I could finally see and perplexed and guilty about not catching it earlier. It was not her fault at all. She was the smartest, most caring mom and she still is. I was just really good at memorizing eye charts. I was seeing everything for the first time.
I mean, really seeing everything, not just knowing it was there.
God is preparing you for great things
There is a huge difference. And I never ever wanted to be without that ability again. Even though this lesson was in the physical sense of sight, I soon learned that the same truth applied in the metaphorical sense. The way I looked at a situation or an issue might not be the same way someone else saw it—and it would take more than a pair of glasses to make sense of this.
I realized that we all have our own point of view, based on our experiences, our education, and our outlook. One of the first lessons I learned about conducting interviews is that extracting the point of view, or POV, of the person being interviewed is essential. Almost always, seeing the story as that person sees it requires a shift in perspective. For decades I have practiced and refined the skill of extracting the POV of the person I am interviewing to get to the truth of the matter.
My first shift from seeing everything through fuzzy eyes to seeing with crystal clarity happened in Little did I know that, years later, I would use the recollection of this event to illustrate the love of God and His vision for all of us. Frozen in the grip of rejec A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian's existence. According to eminent theologian J. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the "gigantic conspiracy of misdirection" by faili God wants to fight this for you.
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