Tommy Nelson tells about meeting a woman who had terrible vision. She suffered what appeared to be a catastrophic fall—she fell off a thirty-foot high precipice and landed on her head.
The woman entered a coma. She woke up… to perfect vision.
Nelson asked an optometrist friend how that could happen. The optometrist explained that bad vision is the result of a faulty lens within the eye. For example, the lens within the eye can become rigid, distorting the focus of light. One of the functions of glasses is to play the part of the lens. These days, one of the things that can correct the lens within the human eye is surgery—or you can fall thirty feet and land on your head. The optometrist recommended the former.
Nelson notes that people can live the same way. Sometimes, the spiritual lens with which we can view life becomes distorted. We don’t see well and we don’t live well. Some of us need the spiritual equivalent of a thirty-foot fall, landing on our head, to get our spiritual lens functioning again. The easier way, and ultimately, the less painful one, would be to allow the Word of God to perform spiritual surgery.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Heb. 4:12).