At the start of the year, I scribbled down My 2020 Vision. And then the world changed. So I looked up the meaning of “20/20 vision.” Here’s what I learned:
20/20 isn’t perfect, it’s simply normal. The first 20 represents the ability to see clearly from 20 feet away; the second represents your ability. So if someone brags about having “20/20,” they’re actually bragging about having normal vision. True, not everyone does. But it’s like bragging about having an orange belt in karate, which is only about 1/3rd of the way to a black belt. Good. But not exactly sell-your-story-to-Hollywood good.
Better yet, some people have 20/10 vision, allowing them to see at 20 feet away (twice as far) what 20/20ers can only see at 10. There are even a few people with 20/5. Now, that’s sell-your-story-to-Hollywood good!
Ophthalmologically speaking (say that three times fast), there are three components to vision (spiritual metaphor alert):
- The cornea lets light in. To mix metaphors, the good seeds of truth (Mark 4:3-9) are scattered in people’s hearts, but don’t always produce life (or, in this case, light).
- The lens focuses light. This is where vision, like seeds, sprouts. Or doesn’t. Cataracts, distortions, can cloud a lens’s ability to focus the light (truth), just as bitterness, obsessions, lust, greed and other delusions can cloud our ability to process truth.
- The retina gathers the info that reaches it and turns it into signals we can understand and act upon, truly see. But if light (truth) never reaches it, we’re spiritually blind.
Years ago, when I worked at a bookstore, a young man came in carrying a Satanic Bible. He wanted to check it against a Bible, he said, to see which one “offers the best deal.” When I suggested he ask, instead, which one “offers the truth,” he brayed like a donkey. Talk about a distorted lens.
How’s your vision? Is your lens correctly focusing the light, asking only what’s right and true, or is it distorted? I know an Ophthalmologist who has 20/∞ vision, who, amazingly, teaches people to see through His eyes (2 Corinthians 4:18). Warning: the treatment is expensive–everything you have–but it’s worth it. Because only He can see…
To infinity and beyond.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light.” ~Matthew 6:22