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Flash Burn

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:2, NIV.

I used to be employed by a company that specialized in making service bodies for trucks. These service bodies would equip the trucks with compartments of various sizes, and doors which were ideal for utility companies, plumbers, and other industries.

As a member of the safety committee, I would walk through the manufacturing plant, keeping an eye out for violations. Safety was our number one concern. Everyone who entered the plant was required to wear safety glasses as a precaution, even the office personnel and visitors. But even safety glasses couldn’t prevent the number one injury that occurred—flash burn.

Flash burn is just that—a burn to the cornea of the eye that happens in a flash. When the welding arch is hot, its ultraviolet light is like the sun. You can’t look at it with the naked eye without causing damage. The welders protect themselves with specialized safety glasses and welding hoods. But if anyone casts a glance at the flaming torch and lingers there too long, they will wake up the next morning in severe pain and unable to see clearly. You see, the cornea protects deeper structures of the eye, acting like a windshield to the eye. The flash burn condition is usually short term and can be treated with medication. There is no mistaking the symptoms though—a feeling like there is sandpaper in the eye. It’s painful and uncomfortable.

What if we were inflicted with flash burn every time our eyes lingered where they didn’t belong? Or worse, what if we were turned into a pillar of salt as was Lot’s wife when she looked back on Sodom after God instructed her not to do so? She didn’t have the faith to keep her eyes away from the danger.

Our deeper spiritual structure inside of us needs protection too. God has given us this protection in His Word. Bible study and prayer act not only as protection, but also the solution when we do get in trouble. Without the medication of God’s Word, we can lose our spiritual vision. Let’s pray each day that we can keep our eyes fixed on Him, the author and perfecter of our faith.

Karen Phillips

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