As we have entered the year 2020 many people have seized on the analogy of 20/20 vision. Even Oprah Winfrey is beginning a nine city wellness tour called “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus”, where for a one day ticket as low as $300.00 or as high as $3,700.00, you can strive for “a stronger, healthier, and more abundant life.”
Contrary to popular belief, 20/20 vision does not mean having perfect vision. 20/20 vision measures visual acuity, which is the clarity or sharpness of how well your eyes can see an object at a distance of 20 feet. I have seized on that notion and am asking God to give me, my family, my church and others 20/20 spiritual vision so that we might “see” Jesus more clearly in the New Year and beyond.
In his book “The Divine Milieu” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said:
“God is as pervasive and perceptible as the atmosphere in which we are bathed. He encompasses us on all sides, like the world itself. What prevents you, then, from enfolding Him in your arms? Only one thing: your inability to see Him.”
This inability to see God is due to many reasons of which I will list just a few – we can become so fixated on ourselves that we cannot see beyond ourselves. We also have never lived in a day when we are more distracted and disillusioned than ever: entertainment, social media, political toxicity, economic uncertainty, etc. Yet, if we are determined, disciplined, and desirous, we can learn to “see” God and experience Him in our everyday lives.
In “Behold the Spirit” Alan Watts wrote:
“God is the most obvious thing in the world. He is absolutely self-evident – the simplest, clearest and closest reality of life and consciousness. We are only unaware of Him because we are too complicated, for our vision is darkened by the complexity of pride.”
A couple days in the New Year 2020, may we rid ourselves of pride and humble ourselves so that we might experience what the disciples of Jesus did in the Gospel of John 20:20:
“After Jesus said this, He [the resurrected Jesus] showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.”
The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord, even if it took the scars that Jesus endured for them to recognize the reality of His presence. May we also “see” the Lord and know the abundance and fullness of life that He offers, and it won’t even cost us a couple hundred (or thousand) dollars for one day with a celebrity and her friends.