How’s your vision?

Ever since I turned 40, my eyesight has been deteriorating. I have moved from wearing reading glasses for small print to needing multi focal contact lenses all the time. I had always enjoyed the luxury of unimpeded vision until a few years ago.

My eyesight has gotten bad enough lately that without my contacts I cannot see close up and my distance vision is impaired.

Over the Labor Day weekend while at my brothers house, the guys got the BB guns out and set up targets. Everyone was taking turns shooting and having a good time. I was offered several opportunities to shoot but declined.

A friend who was well meaning thought that I was afraid of guns and offered to teach me how to shoot. I explained that I grew up around guns and was quite comfortable and capable but that I was not wearing my contacts and therefore could not see. My husband suggested I get my glasses and give it a try. So I did.

I eagerly went inside, found my glasses and put them on. I grabbed the BB gun and took a stance like Annie Oakley. As I lined up the scope, I quickly realized I could not focus on the target.
I wiped my glasses and lined up again. Same result.

Then it dawned on me. I wear bi focal lenses. As I lined up the target in the scope, it was falling into the same site line as my no line bi focals. This distorted my vision and the target. For normal activities like reading and driving my glasses were sufficient, but in this situation the slightest variation left me out of focus and missing the target completely.

I got to thinking about how life is much the same way.

How many times do we line up our goals, dreams and ambitions in the scope of what we think God’s plan is for our life, only to find out we were off by a country mile?

I was reminded that although I think I can see everything I need to in order to make the shot, that there are many variables at play that are beyond my control.

I’ve been thinking about this all week and trying to resist the temptation to line up the circumstances in my life and play god.

What does playing god look like? These are but a few of the possibilities:

Manipulating people and events to achieve a desired outcome
Forcing our agenda onto others
Not allowing God to speak into our life and then respond
Not trusting that God has our best interest at heart

How about you, has your distorted vision caused you to play god in your own life?

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


3 thoughts on “How’s your vision?

  1. Melissa Yue says:

    Thanks Karen for inviting me to sit on the couch with you and and have a chat. I can definitely relate to the glasses. I wear the three in one glasses that help with the sun,too. They have a name, but Icannot remember it. Oh, it is transition lenses. I am thankful God always has my best interest at heart. I am taking steps to “make a new life”  because it is a change of season for me.  I have been listening to him speak to me, and He has put people into my path to lead me In the way. I think of our Young Life years together-remember those “Ugly Shorts” that you and Leigh Ann made for us to take to Colorado? We were the foxy ladies of the 80s. I hope my kids get to go to Frontier one day.

    • KAREN COOK says:

      Hi Melissa – so glad you stopped by the couch! I love how God puts people in our path in different seasons of our lives. He knows what we need and is attentive to us. As for the ugly shorts…yep, I still have a tendency towards them. Camo, plaid, board shorts…just can’t get enough! Good to connect with you again…so fun!

  2. Liane says:

    For sure have I been confronted with this! Especially being a control freak and not understanding what is going on. Those are the moments of my greatest weakness / temptation.

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