Blind? Things might be a little fuzzy, but Deb considered her eyesight good compared to the rest of her family. After all, even though everyone else all sported glasses, right after her 15th birthday, Deb passed the eye test for her driver’s license. Now, the proud 16-year-old patted her brand new license.

I can drive! Wow! I’ll try out my license by taking my friend, Connie home!  

Deb could hardly wait. As she pulled up to a stop sign, Deb carefully looked and then pulled out. Immediately after, the teen driver saw flashing red lights in the mirror and pulled over. “Gosh, what have I done?” she wondered.

“How would you like to buy a new cop car?” the red-faced officer spat angrily. He rattled off a figure that was more than the mortgage on the family home. “Didn’t you see the police car before you pulled in front of me?”

He showed mercy without issuing a ticket to the red-faced new driver.

“Sorry! I thought I looked both ways. I didn’t see you.” Deb really had not seen him.

Soon after, she went to the eye doctor and found out that she is as near-sighted as a mole and had fuzzy vision so intense that it moved buildings and erased traffic signs. It should not have been a surprise to her that she needed glasses. The family resemblance came in a line-up of eyepieces. Everyone wore—or was supposed to wear—glasses from as thin as china to as thick as a telescope.

After new glasses framed and changed her world, Deb again drove her best friend, Connie, home. She looked carefully for cop cars, not to mention buildings, dogs, and tumbleweeds. Without warning, she screeched to a halt at each of the six stop signs between Connie’s house and her own. Stunned to disbelief, Deb asked, “Connie, when did they put all those stop signs in?”

“Deb, the stop signs were always there!”

Mercy isn’t just getting a warning instead of a ticket. In daily life, God offers a much more priceless gift than that. Paul summarizes, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of  rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”  [Titus 3:4-8]

God’s mercy protects us, and if we know him, we accept both him and a new way of driving, seeing and living, just as Deb did when she first started wearing specs.

How are you using God’s lenses in your life?

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including new release Bring on the Blessings of Baskets ~ Easy, Fast, Personalized and Outreach Ministry Gifts. Amazon . Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website,]



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