20/20 VisionMark Burton
I was in the middle of a delightful dream last night when suddenly a loud CRASH startled me awake. The dogs in my bedroom all started to bark loudly. With my heart pounding I stumbled out of my bed and stubbed my toe on the dresser. I yelped and hopped on one foot as I fearfully opened my bedroom door. A dark form flashed by me and banged into the bedroom door. I jumped back, tripped over my smallest dog, and fell back onto my bed.
Then I finally woke up enough to realize that I needed my glasses…
I put them on, turned on the light, and walked into the hall again. The dark form turned out to be my grey cat. She had gotten into another midnight wrestling match with her sister and had knocked over a dining room chair. I shook my head and then hopped back to the bed. I sat down, smiled, and thanked God for keeping me safe from things that go bump in the night. Then I took off my glasses and went back to sleep.
Some people have said that I go through life wearing rose colored glasses, but in truth the lenses I wear in my soul help me to see everything clearly. I see all the problems, pains, tragedies, and troubles in this life, but I see them without the blurriness of fear. I can see that this is God’s world, that His love is all around us, and that in the end all things will work out for our good if we only trust Him. This helps me go forth everyday to do my part, to share my love, to give my gifts, and to make this world better with my life.
Living your life in fear is like going through life half blind. Everything seems blurrier, scarier and more ominous than it really is. When you realize that God loves you and that you can love as well, however, it is like putting on a new pair of badly needed glasses. Everything becomes clear and you get 20/20 vision for your soul. Don’t stumble through your life in fear then. Put on your glasses and enjoy this wonderful life that God has given you.
Story by Joseph Mazzella