I Can See Clearly Now

“He answered and said, “…One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see."

John 9:25  

“The sun never stops shinning, sometimes you just have to look beyond the clouds” the sign said. Life has a way of revealing to us how well we see. Some people see the good in life while others see everything at it’s worst. How do you see the world today, loved one? Would you say you are an optimist or a pessimist? As far back as I can remember after a good rain I find myself singing an oldie but goodie, “I Can See Clearly Now.” According to a rare interview with singer and song writer Johnny Nash who composed and sang the number one hit song on Billboards Hot 100 back in 1972 when it was released said that he composed these lyrics while he was lying in a hospital bed recovering from surgery. In that light, one can only believe that this song is about things looking up in the future. The song went like this…

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
I think I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I've been praying for
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

Look all around, there's nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there's nothing but blue skies…

The Bible teaches regardless of how well we see we all have an eye problem. Some like to refer to Jesus teachings in the Gospel’s as more of an “I” problem because the real issue goes well beyond our physical eyes. In simple terms, a nearsighted person sees near objects clearly, while objects in the distance are blurred. A farsighted person sees faraway objects clearly, while objects that are near are blurred. One thing we know for sure regarding our own spiritual eyesight is how keen we see that, “Our sins never seem ugly until we see them in someone else.”

Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 7:1-5, that the best way that any of us can see clearly now is, "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”

Regardless of the weather outside today we all can enjoy a “Son Shinny Day” in Jesus. On the other hand, sin, judgment and unforgiveness hang over our heads like a dark cloud that seeks to block our view of the Son. Yet, the good news of the gospel is when we come to God in prayer confessing our sins and forsaking them, God rolls the clouds away making it possible for us to both see and sing once again, “I can see clearly now”.

“The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous.”

Psalm 146:8  


Michael Osthimer





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