Saturday, 31 July 2021

M Michele's Musings

I Can See Clearly Now

Recently I was contemplating my eye glasses as I bounced them on my knee trying to view the patterned carpet through the glass to no avail; the shapes of the patterns illusive through the magnifying glass that was too far from the eyes to do any good.  I thought to myself, what are glasses really?  Simply a glass that magnifies yet they must be close to the eyes for anything to come into clear view.  Glasses are useless, if not kept close.

This led me to thoughts about my family and our history with glasses.  My mother has been wearing glasses since she was in the fourth grade and my father had to get glasses when he was in his teens.  However, my brother, sister and I were all blessed with good vision until we hit our forties.  When we reached our forties we found that we could not read as clearly as we once had been able.  Our deteriorating eyesight forced each of us in turn to purchase and begin wearing reading glasses.  I have dozens of reading glasses of every imaginable strength; some plain and others full of bling and color.  I have them everywhere I think I might need to use them.  They are in every room of the house, at several different work stations at my job, at my moms, in my purse, in cubie-holes of our vehicles and even an extra pair tucked away at church just in case a pair is not in my purse.  Imelda Marcos had a thing for shoes; I have one for reading glasses but in truth they have become a necessity of daily life.  I can’t imagine life without reading glasses thus the multitude I have acquired through the years.

Then I began to think about people, like my mom, who wear glasses and/or contacts all day, every day.  Without them the world would be a blur.  They would be limited in all they try to undertake.  I can’t remember a day in my young life or even now that my mom will go without her glasses except when she is sleeping.  Even in the night her glasses lay close so that if she had to rise she can find her way.  My mother has a close relationship with her glasses.  Without her glasses she could not see to walk, cook, clean, read, drive or take on daily tasks with any kind of efficiency.  I know that I would not want to meet her on the road if she was not wearing her glasses.  Tragedy could strike.   Even for me, though I don’t need glasses to see far away, any up close and personal project without reading glasses is very difficult.

My mind continued to race and a perfect analogy formed within my thoughts that just as those of us with poor eyesight have a need for glasses every one of us has a deep need for God in our lives.  Without Him life is a blur, we are lost and must grope around to find our way.  “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;” Isaiah 53:6b   God the Father sent Jesus, His beloved Son, so that our eyes might be opened and our lives saved.  Paul so eloquently spoke to Agrippa, testifying that Jesus came, “to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Jesus.” Acts 26:18  

Just as my mom and countless others, including myself, keep our glasses near at all times, we need to keep God near to our heart at all times.  This can be done through reading the Bible, having fellowship with other Christians, prayer, praise and worship.  If we want to see Him clearly, to understand Him, His world, His calling, His deep love for each of us we must cultivate a close relationship with Him, keeping Him close; as close as we keep our glasses.  “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened. So that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18 

More thoughts tickled my imagination about the wonderful array of glasses that we can choose from that come in all sorts of styles, colors and bling.  Each of us, choosing a pair of glasses with the utmost care, not only for functionality, but to suit our own personality and taste.     The many different choices reminded me that each and every one of us is special and unique.  We are all different and have something to add to the world we live in. “I give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are your works, And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14    It also reminded me that God has many different attributes that define who He is; mighty, powerful, wonderful, faithful, holy, righteous, loving, merciful, forgiving (just to name a few).  You can’t put God in a box and you could search a lifetime and still never know all there is to know about Him.  “Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out.” Romans 11:33

This lesson can apply to each of us whether we wear glasses or not.  Keep God near.  He, of course, is always near to us and He will never leave us or forsake us but sometimes we forget He is there waiting for us to take the initiative to spend time with Him by praying (simply talking to Him), praising, worshiping or reading His word.  Those of us who wear glasses would never forget them.  They are with us twenty-four/seven.  Let us bring God with us twenty-four/seven so we can see clearly as He guides us and leads us along straight paths.

Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele Abshire


Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at



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