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November 15, 2016

Open My Eyes

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things…” Psalm 119:18 

By the “createdness” of things, man knows there is a God… 

Not long ago, while preparing to speak to a large group of pastors and counselors, I ran across the following words from Helen Keller:

“I, who cannot see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. 

I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. 
I pass my hands lovingly about the smooth skin of a silver birch, or the rough shaggy bark of a pine…. 
I feel the delightful, velvety texture of a flower, and discover its remarkable convolutions; and something of the miracle… is revealed to me. 
Occasionally, if I am very fortunate, I place my hand gently on a small tree and feel the happy quiver of a bird in full song…. 
At times my heart cries out with longing to see these things. If I can get so much pleasure from mere touch, how much more beauty must be revealed by sight. 
Yet, those who have eyes apparently see little. The panorama of color and action which fills the world is taken for granted…. 
It is a great pity that, in the world of light, the gift of sight is used only as a mere convenience rather than as a means of adding fullness to life.” 

The gift of sight – it adds fullness to life. I was reminded of those words recently as I flew home from several long days of meetings. As we began our final approach, I glanced out of the window. The late evening sun highlighted the onset of fall’s vivid colors all along the Blue Ridge Mountains. I closed my iPad, put away my notes, and took the time to enjoy the breathtaking canvas that only our Creator-God could paint.

Romans chapter 1contains a profound truth: God can be found in nature. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God hath shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” (19-20 ESV)

God’s Invisible Attributes 

His Eternal Power 

His Divine Nature 

These truths are clearly evident and visible in the things that have been made – His Creation. 

“The heavens declare the Glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 ESV

Has the pace of life robbed you of enjoying His handiwork? Are the pressures of your daily grind stealing His eternal power from your soul? Has pain left you feeling that His divine nature could never fill your hurting heart?

Slow down. No – STOP! Whatever you are doing right now, just stop. Step out into nature. Soak in His creation for a few moments. Enjoy His handiwork. Allow the precious gift of sight to add fullness to your life.

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