But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
2 Peter 3:13
7 years ago, I had lasik eye surgery. I used to be extremely near-sighted (could see things up close really well, but had a hard time seeing anything further than a couple feet from me). But after the surgery, I have better than 20/20 vision — I even sometimes see things I shouldn’t be able to see: like millions of particles in the air. It’s crazy and super cool at the same time.
I wish I could have lasik to adjust my spiritual vision. Rather than being focused on all the discouragement, pain, and hopelessness going on just “a few feet” around me, I wish I could only focus on eternity. I would go about my day functioning in the present, but focused on the future — the promise of a new heaven and new earth where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain (Rev. 21:4).
I try to keep an eternal perspective, but it’s a challenge. I frequently have it, but not as often as I’d like. It’s like before I had lasik when I would squint to see things far away — by squinting throughout the day, I was able to get by. But it was nothing compared to the freedom and empowerment I have now because I can see far away all the time! Imagine how spiritually free and empowered I would be if I had a perpetual eternal perspective? That would be totally cool.