Cornerstone was recently blessed to have Bob Corlew, the new President of the Lions Club International, along with several members of local Lions Club chapters on campus to test our students' vision. This gift had me pondering our students' vision.
There is an interesting story in the Bible where Jesus spits in some mud to heal the eyes of a man who had been blind from birth. If you read carefully, it actually took Jesus two tries to heal the man's eyes completely. In fact, after the first attempt, the man can make out blurry objects but tells Jesus that people look like "trees walking around." Jesus then heals him completely and the man can see clearly.
While it seems odd to me that the Creator of man, someone who brought the dead to life, would need two steps to heal a blind man, I assume there was both a reason and a meaning behind this act. Commentators point out that in context, Jesus had been chastising his disciples for incomplete understanding -- for having eyes, but not seeing clearly. This man was brought from total blindness, to nearsightedness, to perfect vision.
This, in some ways, mimics the path of our Cornerstone students. Many, at first, are totally blind to what we are trying to teach them about God's desire for their lives -- how we not only want to see them become successful in their academic pursuits, but also, more importantly, want them to know and love their Creator. Over time, they often get a cloudy view of Cornerstone's purpose that can confuse our mission with just "doing good in school" or "getting good grades," but has no impact on their lives outside of our building.
What makes this job special is when we see students open their eyes fully to the idea that God is real, has an amazing plan for their lives, and that this plan and calling are to consume their entire lives not just their lives at school.
God, thank you for bringing the Lions Club to Cornerstone. We pray that our students would have eyes to see clearly -- not just what is on the board in their classrooms, but the plans you have written so clearly in each of their hearts.