The Importance of Squinting

Scripture Reading — Romans 1:8-17

In the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last…
—Romans 1:17 — 

I sometimes wish that God would be more obvious in my life. I get tired of squinting for him: frankly, I’d much rather notice him than have to squint and stretch to try to find him in the haze of life.

That’s why most of us would really prefer to avoid faith if we could. But in Romans the apostle Paul reminds us that our gospel (good news) is based on faith “from first to last.” That can sound a bit unsettling for anyone who might hope there’s a way around having to rely on faith.

The more I explore the life of faith, the more I discover that squinting plays a central role in it. Squinting requires a choice on my part, instead of waiting until I notice God. Squinting requires focusing my eyes in order to penetrate the impenetrable.

It takes a special kind of courage to drive across a bridge when you can’t see the other side. It takes a similar kind of courage to continue loving a difficult spouse or child, or to continue resisting chronic temptation on those days when the effort might not seem worthwhile.

Let’s face it: there are days when it can be hard to see why things like that are so important.

That’s when it’s time to squint.

Prayer

Lord, sometimes we wish you would be more obvious. That would save us from having to look so hard to find you. Please draw us closer to you, even when we can’t see where you are leading us. Amen.