Clear Vision

I recently ended a sweet five-year relationship with my 1990 Toyota truck. This year as we stepped into full-time action with a new business, “Lil Red” wouldn’t be able to keep up with all that had to get done on the daily. It was time to pass that gem onto a teen and get a new ride.

For many COVID months, I researched and eventually test drove several types of trucks that would allow my strapping 5’5″ frame to see over the dashboard and not require a gymnastic dismount each time I got in and out of it. I found the perfect truck, but the model I wanted wasn’t in stock, so I had to wait even longer. All the research, testing, and waiting were tedious. But, the result would be a perfect fit. 

What was not perfect was on the FIRST day of driving my new truck, a rock catapulted into my beautiful, new windshield. I watched as the chip developed into a crack. Now it’s a 28-inch (yes, I measured!) crevasse running through most of my once perfect windshield.

This past Saturday, Anna and I took a drive to a local shrimp festival, and as soon as her eyes met the windshield, she asked why I hadn’t gotten it fixed yet. I hemmed and hawed about this and that, but it wasn’t until that moment that I realized I was subconsciously not getting it repaired on purpose. Years ago, when I first moved to Charleston, someone told me that if I made an insurance claim on a broken windshield, it would hike my insurance rate way up. I have since learned that is not true, and in fact, most Charleston insurance companies factor in one replacement windshield a year. But, to think that I held that casual conversation with some guy I don’t remember as truth for all these years is eye-opening.

As Anna and I talked and laughed on our little road trip, my mind returned to my windshield. I wondered what else I had casually taken as truth that was now embedded in my day-to-day thought process. What about my subconscious feelings and reactions regarding race, class, sexuality, or religion? Were those impeding my vision as well? 

As I processed all of this over the week, this scripture came to mind.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

That scripture is the perfect standard to measure my thoughts. Everyone deserves to be seen through a clear windshield of honor instead of a cracked one clouded by past experiences, ignorance, or ambivalence. 

The good news (literally!) is that we don’t have to fix our vision ourselves. We would never get it right. God has graciously offered to do that for us because He wants us to see Him, others, and ourselves through His truth. All we have to do is ask. 

Are you having trouble clearly seeing yourself, God, or others? Has your vision been skewed by a tiny crack in your faith that has now taken over? Please leave a comment or drop me an email and let me know so I can pray with you.

We will get through this together.

In His service and at yours!
~Shawn

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

4 thoughts on “Clear Vision

  1. What a wonderful statement you’ve made through this email. So enlightening and brighty futuristic.Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs

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