Sharp Eyes

“We have seen remarkable things today.”
Luke 5:26

Recently, I’ve been in a phase where for the most part, life has been moseying along.  Besides our big move down the street in March, one of my most exciting updates over the last four months is that I have gotten glasses!  (I know, my life is full of crazy and wild adventuresfrom two eyes to four!)

When I was little I dreamed of the day I could wear glasses.  Don’t ask me why, but I thought they were super cool!  I even tried to fake the eye test so they would give me glasses, but apparently they have ways to decipher when kids lie about their vision.  Or maybe that’s just what my mom told me to scare me so I would embrace my perfect vision and pass the test.

Anyways, the time finally came when I legitimately needed glasses.  My eyes aren’t terrible, but my new specs definitely help.  I call them my HD glasses because the difference in my vision is similar to that of a regular television vs. a high def one.  It’s amazing what a little clarity can do!

With my new and improved vision, I’ve been thinking a lot about the extent to which I’m able to see God on a daily basis and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need a little vision repair.

The verse above is from Luke after Jesus heals the paralytic.  These people just saw Jesus heal a man and witnessed the man stand up and walk out holding the mat that had carried him to see Jesus—of course they are going to be filled with awe and wonder!  Can you imagine?!?

When I’m in a place where I see God moving through things like miracles, answered prayers, and opened doors, it is such a powerful thing and a tangible way to recharge my faith.

But what about when we can’t see God?  When He doesn’t answer our prayers?  When the day just seems ordinary and we don’t see God in such a tangible way?  Is God still moving?

In big ways and small ways, God is always with us and He is at work. 

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8
Sometimes it’s harder to see, and with all of the different voices and distractions we face daily, it’s easy to forget to even look to see if God is moving.  

I once heard a woman speak on a daily prayer that she uses to guide her faith.  At the beginning of her prayer each morning she prays, “Lord, I want to see you.”

Every morning, this woman is praying for eyes to see God.
Her heart to see God is such an encouragement to me.  I don’t just want to see God move when He’s staring me right in the face, but I want to see Him throughout all of my days, even the difficult, disappointing, and mundane ones.

I’m far from that there, and I’m definitely not an expert, but I think to begin to get to that place we need to pray for sharpened eyes to see Him.  Just like the prayer above, ask God to open our eyes so we can see Him daily. 

And, if we’re going to start praying to see Him, we need to start looking for Him throughout our day.  Looking for Him to show up in unexpected ways and believing that that He can. 

In my life, I think there are many times God moves, but I’m too concerned with other things to even be looking for it, so it completely passes me by.  I don’t ever want a moment to go by where I miss out on seeing God move!

So today, I challenge all of us to ask God for eyes to see Him more clearly and then start looking to see where He’s going to show up.

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
Psalm 25:4-5