Let Me Be Frank… 5-16-18

My first eye surgery was at five years old.  I don’t remember much about that one, but I did come home to an electric train set.  That was pretty awesome.  At fifteen I had my second eye surgery.  No train set, but I was able to do away with the “coke bottle” glasses I was supposed to be wearing.  I took them off most days and threw them in my locker.  Junior High is rough, those things were thick, and I could manage without them.  Manage means I would see two of everything but I could get by.  Oh, the joys of crossed eyes…
By the time you read this, I’ll be out of surgery.  I’ll most likely have “readers” (I guess that comes with getting older) but I’ll only see one of everything.  Even now, as I type, I see a second faint computer screen off to the side. 
The brain is a funny thing, though.  You see, my brain believes perfect vision is seeing two of everything.  This statement from an article I found completely blows my mind!  “Your brain directs and controls your eyes and eye muscle surgery is not brain surgery. Cutting and moving the eye muscles will not automatically change the brain or the signals it sends to the eye muscles. This is why patients’ eyes often “go back” or deviate again after surgery.” 
“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it!  Prone to leave the God I love!”
I don’t want to go back when it comes to God.  I want to stay close to Him, to abide in His presence.  But it’s so easy to slip back into old ways because they are so familiar.  Paul knew this and reminds us that God wants us to renew our minds and transform our thoughts each and every day!
Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2b

“Start with Jesus.  Stay with Jesus.  End with Jesus.”  This is the life that we as Christians are called to.  Much like my surgery, Jesus’ blood covers our sins (fixes them) but we can’t stop there.  We must allow God to transform us as He uses our lives for His Kingdom!
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER!