“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,” Ephesians 1:18
Every now and then, something comes along that will remind me of my age. My energy level is really good the majority of the time, thanks in part to those young people and sweet babies I hang out with. Be that as it may, there are times when our bodies do give us hints of needed maintenance!
Such was the case a few months ago when I kept a long-overdue appointment for an eye exam. After a thorough examination, the doctor informed me that there was no updated prescription he could give which would help to eliminate the blurriness and other symptoms I was having. It actually brought relief to hear that I needed surgery for cataract removal. At least there was a viable explanation as to the reason for my poor eyesight.
Since seeing the eye doctor, I’ve been thinking a lot about my maternal grandmother Smith. Grandma lost her eyesight due to glaucoma at the age of 60-something. Because I was so young, I only remember her as having been blind. She lived with my aunt and her family about five miles up the road from my home.
Every now and then Grandma would come to visit us for a day or so. I have such fond memories of her, and even as a young girl, had so much admiration for how carefully and slowly she maneuvered her way around the house. It must have taken a lot of faith and fortitude for her to adjust to total blindness after having had sight all those years.
During these challenging days in which we are living, there is a type of eyesight that is much more important than our physical sight. It is our spiritual eyesight. Let us not grow weary, discouraged, or complacent as we go forward, giving each day to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is He who sees every fear and every heartache that we face. It is He who is with us at every turn. Our dependence on Him is crucial for the best spiritual eyesight possible.
I thankful to have had a BIG improvement in my eyesight after surgery. But more than just better eyesight, I pray that the Lord will always help me to improve my own spiritual eyesight. I pray that He will open the eyes of my heart so that I might always see Him more clearly, love Him more dearly, walk with Him more steadfastly, and serve Him at every opportunity. I pray the same for my family and friends who know Him.
For those who do not yet have a personal relationship with Him, I pray that the spiritual film will fall off the eyes of their hearts and that they will experience the inner peace and freedom that can only be found in knowing Him.
Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart,
I want to see You, I want to see You
To see You high and lifted up,
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy
I want to see You.