I was talking to someone the other day about some annoyances I have been having with my eyesight. I have been experiencing several floaters in my right eye for quite a while now. Most of them are small but I do have a couple of larger ones that are constantly buzzing around my field of vision. I say “buzzing around” because quite frequently I mistake them for flies or bees and start ducking and quickly swatting at the air. So, if you see me ducking and dodging or wildly slapping at something that is not there…well, now you know the reason. I was telling a friend about it the other day and I said that I now have a greater appreciation for what it means in Genesis chapter 27 when it says that Isaac’s eyesight was growing dim. My friend tried to encourage by saying, “Well, at least your hindsight is still good.” He went on to say, “Hindsight is always 20/20…right?”
And while I appreciate the encouragement and while I am familiar with the expression that hindsight is 20/20, I don’t know that my hindsight has always been 20/20. I know that sometimes even when I look back on something that happened or something I did, I still look through the lens of my preferences and my perspectives. I don’t always see things so clearly or accurately, even when I am looking back. It reminded me that oftentimes, just like Paul in Acts chapter 9, I need the Lord to remove the scales from my eyes and help me see clearly. I need the Lord to give me better hindsight, I need the Lord to give me His sight. I like the invitation the Lord gives us in Jeremiah 33:3:
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
What a great invitation. What a great reminder. It’s not helpful to look at things through the lens of my preferences and my perspective, I need to look at things through the lens of God’s precepts and His perspective. Hindsight is not 20/20; His sight is 20/20.