I’ve just returned from my first eye test since 2018 - it has been one of mixed emotions. After the ‘high’ of discovering that this most recent test is free (forgetting the benefits that come to me at the grand age of 60!), the accompanying ‘ low' was that my eyesight isn’t as good as it once was. In all honesty, I can’t claim that it is a result of an increase in personal piety as hinted at in a chorus of my childhood (see below), but rather due to my enhanced age.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
However, what surprised me was how the deterioration had happened so gradually that I hardly noticed it. It was only when connected to the machine offering different lens options, was I fully aware of the ‘before' and 'after!’
I wonder what the spiritual equivalent of an eye test might be; an opportunity to re-evaluate how clearly we are able to see and respond to God? I leave you with the lyrics from the musical Godspell, loosely based on the prayer of Richard of Chichester. They state:
Day by day
‘Oh, dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
follow thee more
nearly—day by day.’
May that indeed be the goal and indeed the test for each one of us.
Keep in touch
Keep the faith