Kaleb, my oldest son, was playing soccer early Saturday morning and for some reason he just was not going after the ball and playing as hard as I thought he should (of course ;)). So I walked over to ask him if everything was OK and he told me something that made me think. He said, “Everything’s fine dad I just can’t see.” I chuckled a little because the nature of sports means you have to be able to see but at this time of the year, on this particular morning, it was difficult. It was eight o’clock in the morning and there was a fair bit of dew still on the grass. Kaleb’s team played facing the sun so it was very difficult to see where he was going and the reflection of the dew made it particularly distracting.
It’s hard spiritually went you can’t see isn’t it? It’s hard especially when the other team seems to be able to see perfectly fine yet you are distracted and even blinded by difficult circumstances. David penned these words in difficult times:
“Save me, God! I am about to drown. I am sinking deep in the mud, and my feet are slipping. I am about to be swept under by a mighty flood. I am worn out from crying, and my throat is dry. I have waited for you till my eyes are blurred” (Psalm 69:1-3; Contemporary English Version).
So how does one become able to focus in such difficult circumstances. For Kaleb, all he needed were some sunglasses. The sunglasses wouldn’t have taken away the fact that the bright light still existed but it would have made it a little more tolerable. A relationship with God does not mitigate our pain but it does make us long for something better. David closes the Psalm with hope much like you and I close our lives…with hope:
30 I will praise God in a song
and will honor him by giving thanks.
31 That will please the Lord more than offering him cattle,
more than sacrificing a bull with horns and hoofs.
32 Poor people will see this and be glad.
Be encouraged, you who worship God.
33 The Lord listens to those in need
and does not look down on captives. (69:30-33; New Century Version).