Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Open my eyes, Lord, that I may see
the path You have placed before me.
Open my ears, Lord, that I may hear
the message Your word speaks quietly.
Open my heart, Lord, that I may know
the truths You have placed within my soul.
Open my eyes, Lord, remove from them
all that is keeping my focus dim.
Open my ears, Lord, that I may listen
as one intent on not missing a thing.
Open my heart, Lord, that I may pursue
a life consumed solely of You.
Open my eyes, ears, and heart dear Lord
that I become less and You become more.
©17 January 2016
I was 5 years old, walking into the girl’s bathroom at school, when another girl popped out from behind the door to scare me. Somehow, she poked me in the eye and her fingernail scratched the cornea.
I remember sitting on the curb outside of our classroom waiting for my mom to come pick me up. My eye hurt so much I couldn’t even open it. Laser surgery removed the scratch, but for a month I had to wear a patch over my eye all of the time. Then I had to wear sunglasses anytime I went outside for another couple of months.
It’s really hard to see and to focus when something is blocking our view. Like a smudge on your glasses distorting everything you look at. No matter how hard you try to look around it, eventually you have to clean the smudge off to see clearly.
I wonder, what is keeping us from seeing God clearly? What spot, scratch or debris do we need to remove from our eyes so we can focus on Him today?
January is named after Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway. The name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) – January is the door to the year. As we open this new door, may we seek God with all our hearts, asking Him to clear our vision for what He has for us in the new year.
From My Heart to Yours,