Open My Eyes by Robin Densmore Fuson
Are your eyes open? How about your ears?
Driving out of our neighborhood, we come to a Y junction. Either way can take us north on highway 19 to stores, church, restaurants, and the Bible study I attend. Although it may not be, one route I feel is backtracking to another major road and around to get to 19. The other way is through neighborhood and store parking lots.
One overcast morning, I drove to Bible study and as I got closer to the Y, I prayed, “Father, which way should I go? The long way or through the shopping center?”
No answer came to me.
Then I realized—God left it up to me to make the choice.
I decided to drive the “shorter” way. The parking lots held parked cars, but where I drove, I didn’t encounter any vehicles. I didn’t have to wait in a string of cars to turn onto 19. Although, I did stop at the stop sign.
I believe that if there had been a child on a skateboard that would’ve made his ‘masterful’ jump, spin, and land, careening into the exact spot my car would pass, the Lord would’ve placed it on my heart to go the other direction—out of harm’s way.
For most of life’s decisions, our Lord gives us the freedom to make decisions ourselves. I don’t know about you but I want Him in huge decisions. Whom to date. What college. What to major in. Should I go into ministry? Whom to marry. When to start a family. Buying a house. Moving. When to see the doctor.
More than that—I want the Lord in everything I do. I want His guidance in my driving, working, relationships, entertainment, (you’ll think I’m weird) even in the foods I eat, and the clothes I wear. Why? Because I know, He cares. He guides, He encourages, He disciplines and so much more.
We want the fantastic relationship that the Son had with the Father or the Apostle Paul had with the Holy Spirit. We desire to be so close, He speaks to us.
I believe He speaks more often but we are so busy, we don’t take time to listen. Or ask. I want to hear His voice. In doing so, I need to be quiet to hear him. I need to keep my eyes on Him and my heart attentive to His voice.
We need to be still and listen.
A song came to mind as I mulled over this devotion, Open My Eyes That I May See by Clara H. Scott written in 1895. The chorus says,
Silently now I wait for Thee
Ready, my God, Thy will to see
Open my eyes, Illumine me,
Lord, please help us to be still and listen to Your voice. Help us to be expectant to Your illumination in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Proverbs 23:26 NLT says, O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.
Psalm 119:18 NLT says, Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths of Your instruction.
Song, Open My Eyes That I May See, is under public domain.