Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Eyes To See - the Adventure

One of our favorite songs is "Give Me Your Eyes" by Brandon Heath. The chorus says:
"Give me your eyes for just one second
give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
Ones that are far beyond my reach.
give me your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see."
In my first post for Eyes To See I wanted to begin to challenge myself daily with little prayers for eyes to see (thank you Beth and Adeye for your wonderful comments); to ask "what adventure LORD, do you have for me today"..."What beauty, wonders, or glories do you have for me to see." There is actually a part of Isaiah that vividly describes Judah's spiritual decline and the consequences. (Ch. 1-5 is where I am at right now). Besides the obvious sins in these chapters, the LORD said something that caught my attention; "but they do not regard the deeds of the LORD, or see the work of his hands. Therefore my people go into exile for lack of knowledge..." (Isaiah 5:12-13). Regard. See. Exile. Do I defy or disregard God's presence in the midst of my day, though His nearness is the hope that I ought to cherish and seek?
I do not do this as often as I wish, however, a few months back my mother was having a very difficult surgery to repair her leg (which it didn't do). I remember asking God that morning to show me anyone that day that I may need to be aware of, a need that I might could minister His love to. As we waited those long hours to hear from the doctor, I became aware of an older man to the side, several chairs over, who was watching us as we (my dad and several other family members) laughed and talked. I finally said a little something to the man and he immediately began to tell me how his wife was in a room with their grandson, who had hung himself and would not last much longer. They couldn't get a hold of his mother in Europe somewhere, and they had so many pressing decisions to make. WOW...my heart begin to break and my dad noticed and leaned over and begin to listen to the pain in this granddad's story. After a while we received news that mom was in recovery and we could go over there. I saw that the wife was now sitting with the elderly man, and went over to pray with them before we left (it IS NOT normal for me to do this...though may be it should be). My dad, and aunt and uncle came over and we all prayed with them. We saw them several times over the next few days and were able to listen, comfort and pray.
Long story (sorry), but I learned that there is a great adventure that God has for me each day if I will ask, look, see, and do what He shows me.
Challenge - ask for eyes to see the ones around me that I can minister to in some way, and trust Him to show me how.
Please share with me how you are praying for Eyes To See and the adventure that God is taking you on....


  1. Oh wow, what a beautiful story. My heart broke for the family in your post---I just cannot imagine.

    I will share were I am with having 'eyes to see'. After my youngest son was born 4 years ago, I had my tubes tied (I had a c-section). Truthfully, it is a decision I have deeply regretted. Since then the Father has blessed us with two adopted daughters. Recently I have been asking the Lord if I should undo my deepest regret, and untie my tubes---surrendering my womb to Him. Goodness, it has been a hard journey, I LONG to have a baby again. Anyway---I need to cut a long story short here. Over the last few days God has really given me eyes to see, and ears to hear what He is saying. I have surrendered my regret to Him---I simply cannot pay ALL that money to 'fix' the problem when there are 140 MILLION orphans in the world. After seeking Him and asking Him to show me his heart and His desire---He has! ORPHANS! Any future children will be added to our family through the blessing of adoption. I am so grateful He opens our eyes to the things that break His heart.

  2. I am having such a good chuckle about the 'white meat and dark meat'---that is classic :) I love it!

  3. Eyes to See...wonderful post. I try to ask God daily, how He can use me..who He wants me to love and show His love to.

    Somedays go by quietly, others I find myself in a parking lot, praying with someone...God prepared...many times they weep, because God is moving their hearts. How good it is to plant seeds that the Father sows. I am just a farmer working for the Lord.

    ;-) Glad you are a farmer too!

    mama to 7
    one homemade and 6 adopted


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