I know I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last to say something about ’20/20 vision’ or hindsight being 20/20. But I really do believe God gave us the gift of 20/20 vision this past year. But what do I know about 20/20 vision?
Well, I paid for it. In early 2019 I chose to have Lasik eye surgery and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. (Side note: If you’ve ever considered it, go get a consultation. It’s been a life changer!) The result was 20/20 vision for the first time in my life! Is my vision perfect? No. I’m not going to get into a medical lesson that I’m not qualified to make, but simply put, these numbers are a measure of the clearness or sharpness of vision. It’s about clarity, not perfection.
That’s what I believe God granted to us in 2020. It was nowhere close to perfect. It was quite the opposite of perfection. But we were provided with greater clarity than ever. Clarity about what? I’m glad you asked.
As this year revealed greater pain, loss, division, hate, confusion, illness, and conspiracies than I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime, it has also brought greater clarity of our need for the only One who can make everything right: our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Fellow Christian, we are coming out of a year marked by worldwide suffering. We’re also leaving the Christmas and Advent season: a season marked by hope in the coming of Christ. Let’s not forget that Christ came, lived, died, and rose again with victory over all things! We live in a fallen, broken, sin-filled world that has received the Way for redemption and restoration.
I mentioned that God gave us the gift of 20/20 vision this year: greater clarity. But what do we do with this increased clarity? We share it. We become disciples who make disciples. We love sacrificially. We serve humbly. We live generously. We do not withhold good gifts from others as God didn’t withhold the greatest gift from us.
It’s up to you to look back on the events of 2020 and then look forward to 2021 with hope and love for your fellow man. It’s not always easy. It requires strength that goes beyond what’s within our natural human limitations. Be filled with the Spirit. Seek Christ. Trust in God. Let go of the pain and sorrow of 2020, but hold onto 20/20 vision in order to walk according to God’s perfect purposes and plans.