December 22, 2012

“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38

I think that I have the perfect gift idea for my wife – night-vision goggles. She really needs them. She has horrible night-vision. If we wait for her eyes to adjust to the dark, the sun will rise.  Dim the lights and the everyday surfaces of our home become an obstacle course for her.  I have gotten more good-night kisses on my nose, side of the mouth, or eye, followed by the “blindman’s” pat on the face, than I can count. The pat is usually followed by repeated attempts until she lands one reasonably square. It is sort of like “walking” artillery into its target.

We get a lot of kissing done this way but it is not all that romantic – humorous but not romantic. Although, being kissed by a woman in night-vision goggles doesn’t seem that romantic, either.  I may need to rethink my gift idea.

English: Soldier wearing night vision goggles.
English: Soldier wearing night vision goggles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That does not diminish my desire to have night-vision goggles for myself. I think it is the coolest thing to see in the dark.  Who wouldn’t want that ability?  I know that is why they make flashlights but night-vision is piercing the mysterious vein of darkness. That is just cool.

However, what I really want is the ability to pierce through the darkness of life.

The disciples were troubled and doubting what Jesus had said because they were not seeing clearly. They had hoped that Jesus had come to redeem Israel (vs. 21) but then he had been crucified. They were stumbling in the dark, trying to make sense of all the events going on around them.

It took Jesus opening their eyes to the scriptures (vs. 31,45) for things to make sense; for the doubts to be answered and the troubles erased. Everyone requires that help.

We all have stumbled through the darkness of this world. Groping around to make sense of the senseless; encountering truths that seem familiar – like we should know them – but just can’t figure out their relevance. The challenge for every person is that we are visually impaired. We don’t have the eyes to see clearly the truths of God that are all around us – in the world and in the scripture. It takes the Spirit of God to open our eyes to see clearly.

Night vision... by day!The Spirit of God is our night-vision goggles in a very troubled, confusing, doubting, and dark world.  The Spirit has the power to turn night into day.

It is why we need to daily put on the Spirit – we need to daily set our minds on the things of the Spirit.  It is through the Spirit that we will see that the world is not out of control and there is nothing to be worried or troubled about. It is through the Spirit that all the questions of a doubting mind are answered.

It is through the Spirit that our eyes are opened and we can have the joy and peace intended for a Child of God. Let’s put on the Spirit this day and every day.

PRAYER: Father – thank you for sending your Spirit to teach me. Give me a teachable heart. Forgive me for not seeking you daily like I should; I am so aware of how foolish and slow of heart that I can be.  Lord, give me eyes to see through this dark and troubling world.  Help me to see that I have nothing to fear – I am safely in the protection of your hand. Help me to see that you have the answers to all that may cause me to doubt.  Father – increase my faith.  You are so good Lord – help me to rest in you and you alone.   Amen


  1. So awesome JD!! Thanks once again for speaking to my heart. My wife has night-blindness issues also:) Praying you have a very blessed Christmas with your family! Always enjoy your posts. Hope you don’t mind if I re-blog? His peace, grace and blessings ever,


    • Hey Steve – I would be honored if you re-blogged. Thanks for the encouragement; I really appreciate it.
      I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas also!

  2. Lord anoint my eyes with eyesalve so that I can see clearly… Rev. 3:18
    Great Post – thanks for sharing and leaving a prayer to pray…

    • Amen – great verse. Thanks for the encouragement.
      Merry Christmas!

      • Merry Christmas to you as well JD

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