Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, your body is full of darkness. Therefore see to it that the light in you is not darkness.

Luke 11:34-35 (NET)

I have spent many hours in doctor’s offices over the course of this year attempting to restore the vision in my left eye. A sudden eye infection clouded it so that I could barely see. Quick intervention and care saved the vision but it will never be what it was.

When Jesus talks about our eye being the lamp of the body, I remember an initial scan where they couldn’t even see into the back of my eye–it was so filled with cloudy fluid. No light could penetrate it. I was scared that it would never clear up. I prayed, as did many others, that sight would return. My natural inclination to control the situation was useless in these circumstances. I had to depend completely on God for healing and slowly the vision began to return.

We are coming out of COVID darkness into the light of daily living with some assurance that we have safety with the help of the vaccine. But no one can be assured that all is well. We make assumptions that a smile on the face, now maskless, means that there are no problems lurking in the background. No one could tell by looking at me that I was struggling with vision issues. Maybe anxiety is plaguing you as you try and re-enter your world of pre-COVID. Your child is struggling, your spouse has lost their job, your plans have been scrapped, and all you want to do is get back to normal.

Again, I would like to control it. The government would like to solve it. But God is the one in control and His will and plan will be done. Our part in His plan? To let His light shine through our eyes and body so that we exude hope to those who are in darkness. Darkness cannot dispel darkness. Only light can dispel it. And, remember that Jesus is the light of the world. Trust Him to fill you with His light and lead you out of the darkness to the next step in your journey.