Greetings to all in this new month of March. Barring a little rain and some cool temperatures, March hasn’t come roaring in like a lion, but something has -- COLOR. I can see!
To be more specific, I’m half way through cataract surgery. The right eye is seeing clearer than I’ve seen in more years than I can remember. It’s actually clearer than the eye wearing the glasses. And color! Wow! When I compare the two -- the right eye is bright and vibrant in what it sees, while the left eye is somewhat cloudy, dull and even a little grey. I can’t wait to get the other one done.
I make mention of this because it is very much like when I read and study a text in Scripture and it suddenly becomes clear with meaning and understanding. There is a new vibrant significance and clarity that wasn’t there before. It’s like having your own personal epiphany as the light comes on. What a feeling!
I’ve read, studied and explored God’s Word for almost 39 years as a pastor preparing sermons, writing Bible studies, teaching and lecturing. Sure, one does okay, but it’s exciting when the light comes on and you can see with understanding something you thought you understood but didn’t. You missed it without realizing it. Now, it’s there.
I can’t urge you enough to engage in your own study of God’s Word. But that is only the beginning. I have some of those special moments with the help of people around me in worship and classes. Just like my ophthalmologist, Allison, helps restore my sight, so others with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, can help, too, with their insights.
It’s worth the effort because seeing with your eyes or your soul is a pure joy. It’s a rush!
Pastor Lee R. Harder