Open Our Eyes, Dear Lord
Take a few minutes to enter quiet with the Lord. Pray for stillness in your heart to hear His voice.
Read the following scripture through prayerfully a few times.
They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. Taking him by the hand, he led him out of the village. He put spit in the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, “Do you see anything?”
He looked up. “I see men. They look like walking trees.” So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus. (Mark 8:23-25, The Message)
Reflect and remember.
Life has a tendency to blind us to the ways of God; there is noise, busyness, pain, struggle, and striving. There are also good things that become distractions: success, relationships, work we love, etc.
In the midst of the throes of life, Jesus invites us to true sight.
There are two stories I love in the Bible about sight. The first one is literal: Paul literally goes blind and when he is held “something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight.” (Acts 9:18)
The other is Naomi’s walk through the story of Ruth. She goes through unimaginable loss: first her husband dies, then one son, then another. She is left a widow with no children, and her unspeakable pain blocks her from seeing the truth,
She thinks the Lord is against her. She thinks the Lord is punishing her. Throughout the story, God’s abundant love and provision restore her vision, slowly, gently, patiently remove scale after scale from her eyes. The story ends with a grandbaby on her knee and a restored joy in the love of the Lord. Or we could say, she sees the Love of the Lord clearly.
Ask the Lord to Search for your blindspots.
Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life. (Psalm 139:23-24)
That brings us to you.
How is your sight?
Towards God: How do you see God and his interactions with you? How does your life look and feel? Is this season of life filled with such pain or struggle that you can’t encounter hope or joy? Is it a time that is so full of distractions that you can’t hear his voice?
Towards yourself: What voices of judgement do you hear that make you forget your true identity as God’s Beloved, already enough, wholly loved? Can you find joy in yourself as a unique one of a kind, delightful creation of God?
Towards others: Where are you struggling to love? Where does judgement or ugliness come as you interact with others? What keeps you living freely when it comes to interacting with God’s other Beloveds?
The Great Healer
Ask God to come, place his hands on you as Jesus did the blind man and restore you in the broken, blind places. Only God can do this kind of deep work. We cannot power our way through it.
Spend some time asking God to remove the “scales” from your eyes. Ask Him to meet you where you are and keep asking you, as Jesus did with the blind man, “What do you see?” until your sight is fully restored.
Maybe like Saul, scales will immediately fall off your eyes.
But our patient God doesn’t always do things instantaneously. He draws us near, and works in a beautiful pace that is just right for healing and restoration.
Maybe at first things shift slowly, like the blind man for whom people were walking around looking like trees. But Jesus continues to work on him until his sight is healed.
May the God of healing, restore our vision so we see all things through the light of His infinite love and grace.