I received a reminder from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles several weeks ago that it was time to renew my driver’s license by my birthday this year. Actually, I was grateful for the heads-up, as I don’t have much cause to look at my license these days and may well have missed this date altogether. Having not been pulled over for a driving infraction or seldom writing personal checks that need an ID, I rarely use it.
I dutifully went to our local DMV office last week with all the necessary forms. (note to self: double check this before leaving the house, it may help having to avoid wait in line twice!) Finally, with everything updated and paid for, I was given a temporary copy of my new license.
I looked it over to confirm all the information was correct and noticed a check mark under the category of ‘Restrictions’ and a capital letter B. Turning it over, I found the key explaining the B meant I need corrective lenses to operate a motor vehicle. That must be why the nice clerk had asked me if I needed glasses when I drove.
I spared her the long story and said yes. You, dear reader, won’t be as lucky! My eyesight went bad when I was barely 10 years old, so into the world of nerdy frames I went. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the professionals that give care to our eyes as well as the technicians who craft the lenses to each patient’s individual ocular needs, as I have needed these corrective lenses ever since. Through all the style changes, from aviators to micro frames that were too small for me to properly use the lineless bi-focal, I have relied on my glasses to give me 20/20 sight.
That’s 20/20 physical eyesight. Often, I find that my spiritual eyes are in need of adjustment as well because they are out of focus. I notice this in several ways. Sometimes I allow my physical vision to be all that I see. I far too often miss something beautiful that’s going on around me because I am distracted by whatever has my undivided attention. Also, because my spiritual eyes are often in need of correcting, I am not able to discern clearly what God has planned for me. This is especially troubling because I know what God has said about this: “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 NIV). God has a wonderful plan for me but I need to be able to see it well to live it out.
My trip to the DMV brought my focus to the restriction my weak physical eyes have placed on my drivers license. Moving forward, I am going to remind myself daily of my need for ‘corrective lenses’ on my spiritual eyes as well. With God’s help, I will use the gift of improved spiritual vision to see more of the things He wants me to see. More importantly, I hope to see more of Him everywhere I go, both in the places He has for me to help others and to be evermore aware of the path He has laid out before me.
So thanks again to the New York State DMV for the birthday present of making appreciate all the more both sets of corrective lenses I need!