I went to see Wendell Bedsole this morning for a small issue I was having with my left eye. I had mentioned it to him several days ago and he said to make an appointment and come in and let him examine it. When I move my eyes back and forth I see a faint "something" in my left eye ... sort of a liquidy, fluidy, gel-like movement. It doesn't hinder my vision at all, it's just there and noticeable and makes me wonder if there's a real problem or not. (My friend John Potts told me that when he removes my eye it would be a great item to put in the "box" for the children's sermon one week - great friend, huh!)
Wendell predicted what it might be and after his examination confirmed it was what he thought - a slight separation of the vitreous fluid from the back of the retina (Wendell, forgive me if I got that wrong!). Shouldn't be a big deal and after a few weeks my brain will compensate enough that I'll hardly ever notice it unless I try hard. A good report for me ... glad I won't be carrying around an item for "the box" any time soon!
Wendell was most gracious to me in his explanation of what was happening in my eye. He did use some fancy words (even though I had to google some info before I actually wrote the previous paragraph) but essentially told me, "it's like Jello rubbing against Saran Wrap; when there's a slight separation there it gives the sensation that you see the liquid in your eye moving around." That made sense to me ... vitreous humor, retina, etc. are great words and need to be understood but I appreciated his putting it in terms I could understand.
I often wonder how I communicate with others through my preaching, teaching, conversations, etc. Do I just use a bunch of fancy words that have great significance to me or do I carefully put things in terms that folks can understand? I ask myself that question ... but I ask you that question, too! I think I often struggle to present things in a clear, concise, understandable manner to most folks. I don't so much question my theology and what I'm saying ... rather "how" I say it tends to be a problem at times.
Pray for me this week as I prepare to preach from 1 Samuel 8:1-22. We're going to see Israel demand a king so they can be "like all the nations." How much of a temptation is it for us as church to be "like all the nations"? We need to examine our hearts to see if we want to be more like the world around us or more like Christ.
"But you are a chose race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9