The windows in our house are all in varying degrees of "cloudiness", mostly due to Hugo.
Of course the damage wasn't visible until about a year after Hugo and then insurance would not cover the cost to replace them. Looking out through "cloudy" windows isn't pretty...hence blinds on the windows. Blinds have done a pretty good job of hiding the defects.
But you know, one can only live "cloudy" for so long. After a time it begins to affect you.
Life can be like this too. Things we've experienced, things said to us, things we think...can cloud our vision; can cause us not to see clearly. Pretty soon we've created an unhealthy environment for ourselves and others.
We pull away from friends and family; "blinded" by whispers of the enemy who want to keep us "victims". We dwell on hurts...past and present and pretty soon our vision is so clouded that truth evades us and we're in a pit of self-pity. Here the enemy has us where he wants us but we can choose to put in "new windows".
We can lay those hurts down at the feet of Jesus. We choose to forgive and forget and move on and live in the newness of Life that Jesus has given!
What matters most is what Jesus says about us, not what others say.
We begin to see ourselves through the clear, clean windows of God's Word! We feed on His Word and His powerful Word changes us and yes...gives us "clear vision"!
And back to our "cloudy" windows...thanks to our income tax refund, we are replacing ALL of our windows! By the end of next month we will be "seeing" quite clearly!