The rare neurological disease that I have has left me with permanently damaged vision. Everything I see is somewhat foggy. The density of the fogginess is constantly changing. Sometimes it is wispy and I see relatively well and at other times, it is dense and disorienting. As a result, I can no longer drive. My foggy vision can serve as a good metaphor as we all embark on the year 2020. I must trust others to drive me everywhere I go. We should all trust God for His guidance in this new year. He has perfect 20/20 vision. Please read more……
What does the year 2020 have in store for us? As we start this new year, we might be pondering what lies ahead. Not one of us really knows. Will it be a year of prosperity or financial hardship? Will it be a year of good health or illness? Will it be a year of sorrow or joy? Will we even be alive by the end of the year? 20/20 has long been associated with visual acuity. As we begin the year 2020 it takes on dual meaning.
20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.
Having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision. 20/20 vision only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance. A person can have 20/20 vision and yet still have other visual impairments.
The more impaired a person’s vision is, the more they must rely on help from others. A person with poor visual acuity must learn to trust others. Let’s face it, when it comes to peering into the future, we all lack visual acuity. Luke 12:16-21 is a great example of this point. In the story of the “Rich Fool”, Jesus tells us about a man who placed his trust in his wealth rather than in God. The man had no idea his life would soon be over. God knows what’s up ahead for us. The question is, do we trust Him to guide our path?
The combination of not always seeing and walking well causes me to rely on wheelchair assistance when I travel through an airport alone. I must have complete trust that the person who is employed by the airport to push the wheelchair knows their way around better than I do.
Spiritually speaking we need trust too. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Psalm 9:11 says it this way, “Those who know your name trust in you; you never forsake those who seek you, LORD” This is great advice as we head into 2020.
As we begin this new year, we would be wise to heed the advice Jesus gives us in Matthew 6:25 when He tells us not to be anxious. In Romans 8:28 Paul says, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” This is so important to remember that I encourage you, right now, to place a reminder on your smart phone twice a day at 8:28 am and 8:28 pm to recite this assurance from Romans 8:28.
With 20/20 vision Jesus can see far ahead down the road of life. We would all do well to remember the words Carrie Underwood sang.
Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
‘Cause I can’t do this on my own
Indeed, we don’t know what lies ahead for us in this new year. So we must ask ourselves, in whom or in what will we place our trust. God is the only one with 20/20 vision for the year 2020. Let’s journey onward into this new year with Psalm 23:1-4 in our heart.
The LORD is my shepherd;
there is nothing I lack.
In green pastures he makes me lie down;
to still waters he leads me;
he restores my soul.
He guides me along right paths
for the sake of his name.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff comfort me.
I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe, healthy and Happy New Year. I will close in prayer, with these words from Isaiah 41:10.
“Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
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