Seeing Clearly

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

 As I snuggled with my 2-year-old in a tiny toddler bed after another long day of caring for four young children, I asked the Lord how my husband and I would get through the busy spring ahead. Should we move? Hire help? Scale back on activities?

My loving Father simply answered, “My mercies are new every morning.” I felt Him speak to my heart that, that Word applies to more than His grace and forgiveness, but also to His help- and HIS vision.

In my half-asleep state, The Lord showed me the image of a man wearing dark sunglasses that the blind wear. The verse about Jesus healing the blind man came to my mind, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” John 9:11

The Holy Spirit began to speak to my heart that, just as Jesus gave the blind man sight, He would do the same for me each day to let me see new things and also old things in a NEW way.

I needed to take off the dark glasses that I was putting on each morning, causing me to see through lenses of exhaustion, irritation, and lack. He called me to see my family, my life, and the world through HIS eyes.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.”  Amazing Grace by John Newton.

As I continue in my Christian walk, I am learning that God often equips us with His Word and instruction, but then requires our action. If I want to have a new way of seeing things, I have to turn it into a practice.

Every time I feel irritated, I ask God to help me to see the good in the person or the situation.

When I begin to think of what I lack, I ask Him to show me just how much I have.

When I sink into exhaustion, I pray for supernatural energy. I even gave up my afternoon coffee and am even more energized during the kids’ dinner, bath, and bed time- that is a miracle in itself! The fast of that caffeine has also led to much better sleep at night.

Along with being able to see more clearly, God has brought practical, daily solutions out of his goodness to expand our family’s time. He is not bound by hours!

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8

Are you seeing through dark lenses of sickness, struggle, hopelessness, or fear? Ask the Lord to heal your blind eyes and to give you miraculous sight. He doesn’t want us to drudge through life, or dread each day. We are called to live abundantly and thankfully have a God who is ready and able to help us do so.

 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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