Spiritual Cataracts

Devotional thoughts about God

When He saw the throngs, He was moved with pity and sympathy for them, because they were bewildered (harassed and distressed and dejected and helpless), like sheep without a shepherd.”  Matthew 9:36 (Amplified Bible)  “Once I was blind, but now I see…John 9:25

Several months ago my husband began complaining about his vision. “I can’t read that road sign” or “The print of this book is blurry.” After consultation with a doctor, he was told that he had cataracts that needed to be removed.

The lens of the eye works much like a camera lens, adjusting for both changing light conditions and the eye’s focus, letting us see things more clearly. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which, over time, may grow larger, clouding more of the lens and making it harder to see.

After further diagnosis and examination, a date for the first cataract removal surgery was set. While the technique is intricate, it is also a very common surgery with few negative after effects. After only two hours at the clinic, we were on our way home. (With me at the wheel!)

We had hardly driven away from the clinic when my husband declared with delight, “I can read that sign!” One week later the second eye was operated on with the result that his vision is nearly perfect.

Our spiritual vision—outlook on life and view of other people—can be similarly clouded when there is a build up of negative attitudes and thought processes, critical attitudes, unchecked prejudices. We too often allow uninformed opinions, especially about ethnicities or lifestyles, cloud our vision and thus cut ourselves off from people unlike ourselves. Even worse, if we are unwilling or don’t allow the Holy Spirit to perform “cataract removal surgery,” we continue to build barriers that make it impossible for others to clearly see Jesus.

The first step toward clear spiritual vision is described in the song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart” by Paul Baloche:

Open the eyes of my heart Lord,
Open the eyes of my heart,
I want to see You.

When we clearly see Jesus, He performs the radical surgery necessary for us to see the world as He sees it.

By Marilyn Ehle

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