Once again, I had procrastinated my eye exam. My contact lenses were like crinkly little chips and friends noticed the redness. The ophthalmologist, a petite and energetic woman of Asian descent was familiar with me and I, with her. Positioned in front of me with the instrument, she began…”better worse, or the same, better, worse, same.”
I struggled to decide how to reply. Her dialect so very strong and my overly analytical mind, I ended up trying to simply satisfy her and guess. I was unsure what I was seeing clearly and what I struggled to see, the rows of tiny letters farther away, smaller and sometimes blurred.
Earlier in the day, a friend and I had spoken about the “blurred lines” nowadays and our concerns that over time we may lose the sureness of being convicted about our choices as long as we use grace as our go-to responses for our sin, our mistakes, our drifting from God.
We both acknowledged knowing when we’d been pulled away or were unable to sense the Holy Spirit’s presence and how we are quick to make right whatever led to our choosing wrongly and off course, adrift. We felt sorrowful for those who find themselves so far they don’t sense the Spirit, the call, the open arms motioning, “Come back, you’ve gone too far. Stay close.”
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1 ESV
Today, my vision is more clear, my prescription needed to be changed. Apparently, over time there has been a slight development of astigmatism in my left eye. The doctor advised me I’d need to adjust to the change. Perhaps, now with the new lens, I’d be able to see more clearly items in the distance, objects far away won’t be as blurry. My vision was corrected by the questions she asked, the ones that required my attention.
The book of Hebrews warns us of drifting, reminds us keeping our eyes fixed on the one who wrote the stories of our lives, the author, and finisher. Like a necessary appointment with the ophthalmologist, God’s word is a self-assessment of our vision, a guide for what may need correcting. An assurance of staying near, not far and of recognizing how nearness is always better, drifting always worse.