Everything that blooms in Middle Tennessee is blooming right now – apparently. I’m mad about it, because it’s not Spring yet, and I pay a heavy price with allergies when stuff starts blooming. I’d rather only go through that once a year, but this year, we are having a “fake spring,” which means I’ll have to go through this again in about a month.
Anyway, every part of my head is messed up. On my bathroom counter, I have eye drops and ear drops, as well as all of the “go to” medications I take each year. The other morning, when I woke up to the usual overnight conglomeration of allergy symptoms, I reached for the ear drops and put them in my eyes.
After the shock and quite a bit of water to flush it out, I was left with a worse problem than I had when I started. It did lead to this question for my wife – “If I put ear drops in my eyes, does that mean I will be able to see what you’re saying?” She didn’t laugh.
In this information age, we are bombarded with thoughts, news, opinions, propaganda, marketing, and ideas of every kind. Much of it is counter to our basic Biblical worldview, and some of the most hurtful actually uses the Bible to make their points. And, we are not getting any better at communicating with each other. We have never had more ways to communicate with other people and we have never had more miscommunication.
It seems to me that all of this noise coming into our system feels a little like “ear drops” in our eyes. We have this irritating burn in our spirit, fueled by the wrong things getting into our sight.
God has a solution. The only right treatment for our messed-up eyes is the Word of God. In it, we find the right ways to think about life. We discover wisdom and remedy and read reminders of God’s love and grace made available to the believer.
The only way we can actually see what God is saying and find a solution to wash out all the other junk in our minds is to have a consistent flow of scripture into our spirits. Romans 12:2 is helpful at this point: “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (CSB)
And, how do we do that? Read it. Memorize it. Listen to it. Sing it.
Wash your eyes out with the Word.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book (checkout his latest book: Worship Essentials). In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family (and his two new grand-babies). Visit MikeHarland.com to keep up with all that Mike has going on.