When I was in 4th and 5th grade I wanted to be an FBI agent. I would take my parents’ binoculars, a notebook and a pen to the side of our house that faced a busy street and watch the traffic and make notes. I would tell myself stories about what these people were doing as they passed my house several times. When I think about that now (and smile because I’m not the most observant person), I’m reminded of how little we can see through the lens of binoculars. The lens brings us closer to a small part of the picture — we can’t see all of the surroundings.
I have tunnel vision. I see what is happening right around me, how it affects me, and (sometimes I see) how my actions affect my situation and others. My vision is too often “me focused”. I’ve been asking the Lord to give me vision outside of myself and my own circumstances in order that He will show me His will and purpose for my life. “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.: (Phil. 2:12b-13)
Instead of looking through binoculars, I want to be a prism — a vessel that allows others to see His light shine through me. A prism is one of those faceted gems where the beauty is not in the prism itself, but in the light that is refracted through it. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6)
I am thankful that we only need to be willing vessels. It is His light that will shine to the world, and He gives us all that we need in order to be His prism. “May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” (2 Peter 1:2-4)