Several weeks ago, while having lunch with a friend I noticed something different. Finally, it registered.
“You have new glasses,” I remarked.
“Well, I have two pair. These are my dress glasses.”
Dress glasses was a new concept. Having a spare pair if you rely heavily on prescription glasses is common in case they break or are lost. I have two pair-one for reading and another for work at the computer. But I’ve never heard of glasses placed in categories like clothing: ready to wear vs. special occasion, or running shoes vs. dress shoes. Dress glasses was a new and frankly, fascinating concept.
So fascinating, that dress glasses got me thinking. If I have special shoes for running, and a fancy dress for a party, perhaps the idea of dress glasses was worth investigating, not as an accessory but as a permanent feature of spiritual discipline. I need dress glasses to take me a step away from the ordinary.
An early-riser, my Bible, journal, and coffee mug are my companions before the sun rises. I wear my reading glasses for sharper vision as I read and write in my journal to respond, make application, and pray about what I’ve read.
But now that “dress glasses” have come into “view” I began to question, would wearing special dress glasses position and prepare me for the messages God wants to give that I often don’t clearly see? Would wearing dress glasses allow us to focus and know Him in deeper ways?
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- My dress glasses draw me to wait in silence rather than move forward in a decision.
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 NIV
- My dress glasses position me to listen and affirm my expectation to hear from God.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3 ESV
- My dress glasses give me clear vision of gratitude for God’s care and unconditional love.
“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:26).
- My dress glasses give me vision to celebrate God-confidence in hard times.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7
- My dress glasses help me access peace in troubling times.
“The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 NIV
- My dress glasses present a clear perspective of trusting God’s promises in challenges.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.” Jeremiah 29:11,
Regardless of multiple pairs or the attractiveness of our eyeglasses, God desires to give us real vision.
That may or may not include a vision for something bigger or more exciting than current pursuits. It may be waiting silently for next steps. It could be pausing to remember and see He is bigger than difficult circumstances. But as we focus, our vision of relationship with Him goes deeper. It becomes clearer and broader each day. We will “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8a NIV
What verses do dress glasses add to your spiritual vision?