On a recent trip it was quite obvious that I needed new windshield wiper blades. The inability of the old ones to clear the pelting rain was the major factor. I really wasn't resisting buying wiper blades, I just kept forgetting to stop at the auto parts store; or maybe I knew there would be too many choices and I didn't want to face the reality.
So, one day I finally stopped and bought a new set. However, much to my dismay, the entire blade wasn't hitting the window and it left a spot untouched. I was going to just "live with it", but then decided to go back and see if I could have them replaced. The manager was so nice, he let me swap out a higher priced pair for the same price!
As I drove home the old 1972 hit came to my mind "I Can See Clearly Now, the Rain Has Gone." (I know you are all singing that in your head now. Here's the link so you can do a little karaoke. Skip the ad.)
However, as I reflected further on the transaction that day, I was reminded of II Corinthians 3:12-18 (CEB):
"So, since we have such a hope, we act with great confidence. We aren’t like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the Israelites couldn’t watch the end of what was fading away. But their minds were closed. Right up to the present day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. The veil is not removed because it is taken away by Christ. Even today, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts. But whenever someone turns back to the Lord, the veil is removed. The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom. All of us are looking with unveiled faces at the glory of the Lord as if we were looking in a mirror. We are being transformed into that same image from one degree of glory to the next degree of glory."
Some days I have to press into Jesus more closely to see through and see past my circumstances, but He has removed the veil and is showing me new things as He transforms me. The hymn "Be Thou My Vision" has some rich words to on which meditate.
May Jesus be your vision today as you focus upward.
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