Through Your Eyes

by Fr. Jeff

The two red LED lights just continuously blink. I’ve checked the owner’s manual and several sources on the internet, and it appears that my Slingbox is finally dead. It’s a device that certainly served me well over the years.

Today, I discovered it was broken while I was trying to set it up in my room so that I could watch television on my computer. I admit that I don’t watch TV often, but I do enjoy watching the news, weather, sports, and other programs from time to time.

I was tempted to just buy a new one.

But being the geek that I am, I’m never satisfied with blinking lights. After a little research, I discovered that the boxes were plagued by bad power supplies. After a period of time, the source of the box’s electricity finally gives out. Since the power supply was inexpensive to replace, I bought another one. I was pretty certain that it would fix the blinking red lights.

I swapped out the part and fired it up again.

Blink. Blink.

Darn.

Time to get serious.

After a little more research, I discovered that when the external power supply failed, it damaged the internal components.

So I did what any geek does – I found my screwdrivers and opened it up. Searching the insides, I found the culprits: two bad capacitors. For just 30¢ each, I can resume looking at the world through someone else’s eyes.

Reflecting on this moment of geekery, I see Your point. When the spiritual life breaks down, we lose the ability to see the world as we should. We are tempted to throw the whole thing out and start over.

But You call us to something deeper. With a little help, we discover that our external choices can sometimes cause interior damage. The fix isn’t just changing the external action. It involves looking deep into the soul to see what was damaged as a result. Maybe the problem is small and easily fixed, maybe it’s a bit more serious. But in the end, You guide us to resolve the warning lights. You give us the tools necessary to restore our ability to look at the world through someone else’s eyes; You give us the ability to look at the world

through Your eyes.