When Cor and I got home from work on Tuesday, we decided to take Mariska for a walk. Cory walks her fairly often down to a road that's about a mile away and then back. Me - the lazy and out of shape one - usually chooses to "be busy" when this occurs. I decided to go with them on Tuesday - one of the coldest and windiest days of the year so far. After about 10 layers and some plastic grocery bags between my shoes & socks... I was ready. Unfortunately, about 2 steps in to our walk, my glasses were all foggy. It was frustrating and miserable, but Cory made me persevere. Finally, I took my glasses off and stuck them in my pocket. My sight didn't improve, but it was slightly less miserable. So, in my pocket they stayed.
After I pushed through the initial period of leg cramps and overwhelming anxiety from my half-blind state, it was actually enjoyable. At first, I insisted Cory hold my hand and walk beside me. Then, I realized vague blobs (mailboxes, bushes, rocks, deer-crossing signs) were discernible right before I smashed into them! I got a little braver and probably saved both of our hands from 3rd-degree frost-bite when I exchanged his hand for my pocket.
But, then - it was just weird. It was quiet and cold and getting dark. I began thinking about before glasses / contacts were readily available... people walked around all the time like this. There are so many things I couldn't do without glasses. Go walking alone... take pictures... read books / music... see spiders in the shower... Then, I thought about Mozambique. I didn't see any Mozambican with glasses. How many of them need glasses? If they do eat, it isn't very nutritional. I'm sure there are even MORE people in Moz. that need glasses than here...
Aside from the physical need for better sight - how many of us (American or Mozambican) need our spiritual / relational / emotional vision adjusted? We see things through a grid of our experience and personality and knowledge... When I was in college, one of the ladies prayed for "Jesus-eyes". I've never forgotten that. I see people through my eyes and what I see isn't always pretty. How many times is that because of my faulty eyes?