Open My Eyes

Many occasions invite and press me to enjoy the pleasure of closing my eyes—fatigue, a full stomach, a time of relaxation, a comfortable chair, warm sunshine, darkness, singing birds, a gentle breeze, a rushing stream—really, the list is endless. I find that I like to close my eyes more and more when I’m off duty.

Honestly, I would like to close my eyes to many of the experiences in corrections work, sometimes more than others. If I could just close my eyes, maybe I could pretend situations were not happening—maybe the crisis would go away—maybe someone else would see and deal with the problem–maybe things would be different when I reopen them—maybe I wouldn’t have nightmares tonight—maybe I wouldn’t deal with the intrusive images at inopportune times— maybe–

God admonishes in Ephesians 5:15, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” Circumspectly is defined as, “Cautiously; with watchfulness every way; with attention to guard against surprise or danger.” We cannot walk circumspectly with our eyes closed. The pain of a fellow warrior won’t be seen, and we will not respond to circumstances in a way that honors and glorifies Christ. Psalm 119:18 says, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Wondrous is defined as “Admirable; marvelous; such as may excite surprise and astonishment; strange.” God can open your eyes. He has wondrous things to show you about yourself, eternity, marriage, family, children, corrections work…He has wondrous things to show you about who He is, His love, His power, His grace, His mercy, His provision, His protection, His strength, His longsuffering, His joy, His creation, His glory, His deliverance, His forgiveness, His compassion, His sacrifice, His peace…

God shows us helps and answers to those things we would want to close our eyes to, that we are tempted to close our eyes to, and that we do close our eyes to. We know where to look, “But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.” (Deuteronomy 11:7) “That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.” (Psalm 26:7) It’s a pleasure to open our eyes and tell others what God has done.

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