Liam, my 4 year old son, got glasses a week ago. He didn’t have the words or perspective, upon first putting them on, to express how well he could now see. The optometrist had also told us that he has been working so hard to see things all his life that the glasses would not be simple, immediate help. He would have to learn to let them help him see.
He was not excited about this change at all. Until, that is, we sat down and opened a book.
Liam has always loved books. As soon as he became mobile, he would crawl, then walk, into our laps with a book in his hand. He memorized stories and “helped” read as soon as he was able to speak.
So, when I opened this book in front of Liam with glasses on, he immediately began calling out letters, spelling the words on the page.
My heart warmed to be able to witness the experience. I waited a minute or so to start reading so that we could simply enjoy this exciting new experience.
He had had no idea what he wasn’t able to see, until, with the help of glasses, he became able to see!
General Conference, the quadrennial meeting of the United Methodist Church, begins today in Portland, Oregon. If you are United Methodist, you no doubt know there are some very, very contentious matters to be faced. This is no exaggeration, and is truer now than it was four year ago at the last General Conference: the future of our denomination may be dramatically changed by decisions made over the next 10 days in Portland.
My prayer for all of the delegates is that they would seek God. I pray they will treat one another with the love and respect followers of Jesus show for one another. I pray for discernment and for clarity.
And I pray that all will be willing to admit that they may not have been able to see clearly before.
Because sometimes you don’t know how poorly you were able to see things until you get some help from outside yourself.