“Marco!” my son called out.
“Polo!” replied all the others around him in the pool.
With his eyes closed, he tried to walk and swim around the pool trying to reach out and tag someone. Every now and then he’d call out, “Marco” again, hoping to hear the answer, “Polo” nearby so that he could lunge out and tag someone.
I think that’s similar to how I sometimes go through my day – my eyes closed doing this and rushing there, not even seeing those around me.
A while back, the Lord laid on my heart the need to daily pray for Him to open my eyes – open my eyes to Him and to those around me.
Open my eyes to His working in my life
In 2 Kings 6, Elisha’s servant saw the Syrian army surrounding them, and he was afraid and felt hopeless, but Elisha knew that God was with them and prayed, “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.” Then the servant’s eyes were opened so he could see that the Lord was truly with them and protecting them.
Often we are afraid and discouraged like Elisha’s servant, wondering where God is in a specific situation. We may not be seeing it, but God really is in control every step of the way, often in ways we could never imagine!
“Faith reveals that God is doing more for his people than we can ever realize through sight alone. When you face difficulties that seem insurmountable, remember that spiritual resources are there even if you can’t see them. Look with the eyes of faith, and let God show you his resources. If you don’t see God working in your life, the problem may be your spiritual eyesight, not God’s power.”
– Life Application Study Bible
Oh, to take our eyes off the problems and have “eyes of faith” that He is truly working in His own way.
Open my eyes that I may see and understand more and more of His Word.
Psalm 119:18 says, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”
What a great prayer to pray each day while having our devotions!
Lord, help me today to see and understand difficult and marvelous things from Your Word.
“Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!”
– Clara H. Scott
Open my eyes to the needs of others.
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” – Philippians 2:4
Oh, it’s so easy for me to go through the day focused on just what I am doing – running into the grocery store, stopping by the library, getting my kids to music lessons, and even going to church….not seeing the people, souls, and needs around me.
When you’re out and about, look up. See others and their needs. Take time to listen and help.
Open my eyes to God’s direction for me.
“Unto thee lift I up mine eyes,
O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters,
and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress;
so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
Like a servant who closely watches his master to see the motions of his hands so he knows what he is to do next, am I closely in tune with God so I don’t miss out on His direction and blessings?
As His servant I am to submissively, trustingly, and faithfully look to Him, my master, not just for care, protection, and reward, but also for correction and direction.
Oh, that I won’t go through my day being the “Marco” swimmer, moving about with my eyes closed! I want to have my eyes open – open to God’s working in my life, to His wonderful Word, to the needs of others, and to God’s direction for me.