A few years ago I had gotten a pretty bad eye infection. I put off going to the eye dr for weeks, which may have caused it to get worse. When I finally did seek help, my symptoms included eye pain, sensitivity to light and a migraine. Prescription drops for ten days, and instructions to throw away eye makeup and wash my pillowcase daily were doled out.
Upon my follow up visit, I learned some interesting facts regarding my contact lenses. The type of lenses I have are two week lenses so I assumed that meant two weeks worth of wear….it actually means open for two weeks….Needless to say, I was wrong. When contacts are exposed to solution and in and out of exposure to the air, they tend to get dry and collect bacteria as the plastic actually begins to breakdown. It forms small creases which can house the bacteria. While I am not certain…I do have a strong suspicion this is what happened in my case.
I liken it to a spiritual analogy in that we all have to constantly be on guard against the enemy’s attacks. He longs to infect us with his poison (greed, deceit, flattery, dissension, and the like). We have to carefully guard our creases…and we all have them. They may be tiny or large but they are there and we have to strengthen ourselves with God’s help against the enemy’s attack. We can do this by reading His Word, praising and being thankful.
Maybe sometimes misinformation keeps us from going to Him…as in my case I had no idea my contact lenses had potentially become infected.
Also from the above, do we not sometimes wait and wait before going to God for help? He is always right there, ready for us to ask Him for help…and He is always willing to provide it. The downside to not receiving help is that we, like the contact lens, become bitter and dry, no longer soft and pliable, and no longer able to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. We may also get so far in, that we too begin to breakdown. Not trying to be doom and gloom here, but to help us all spare some great discomfort as getting to this level takes more work to get back on track. The good news is that all things are possible with God.
God, our prayer is this from Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Strengthen us O Lord, and seal up our weak areas. Let us first be aware of what those are and come to You for help. If we are already somewhere struggling through this process, let us find You and allow You to help us climb out. Amen.
Talk soon, MG