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Meditations by John Dean

Monday, July 22, 2013

God Blessed Eyes

(Matthew 13:16 The Message) But you have God-blessed eyes—eyes that see! And God-blessed ears—ears that hear! A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance.

I love The Message because it has a way of saying things that even a child can understand. I particularly enjoy reading our text in The Message because it actually talks about one having “God-blessed eyes.”

I must confess that up until now I never really thought about one person’s eyes being any different than another person’s eyes. However, as a result of reading this scripture I am beginning to understand there really is a difference in eyes. What one person sees through “God-blessed eyes” could be quite different than what another person sees through natural eyes.

With that in mind I began to reflect back over relationships of the past and the way I had remembered them seeing things. I recalled how easy it was for some to miss things that seemed obvious to others. Their explanation was...they were honest and only wanted to see the facts (truth), without any embellishment.

This person is a facts-driven person and their motivational gift is usually teacher. They are often so busy seeking and establishing what they believe to be the truth on a subject that they might even fail to enjoy the smaller pleasures. Even though they may be personally spiritual…in cases like these they tend to only see through natural eyes.

Other folks seem to see everything that is around them. They not only see things as they are (the facts), but they also see things as they are supposed to be...by faith. In other words, this person’s facts are actually ‘faith facts’ which are based on the Word of God and not just a partial perception of natural things as one could discover in the teacher’s perception.

In addition to their ‘faith facts’ they also notice others things; like the budding of a tree, the wild flowers along the road or even a small bird sitting on a fence post. This person obviously has “God blessed eyes” and the motivational gift for such a person is usually prophet.

One day while driving down the highway in Maryland, enjoying the beautiful soft rolling hills…my friend and I decided to stop at a state park near his home and walk around the small lake. It happened to be the fall of the year, the weather was perfect and the leaves were absolutely gorgeous.

I recall a light breeze blowing through the leaves of the trees that day and how that created a beautiful ‘woods orchestra’ sound. Adding accent to that sound was an occasional squirrel scampering through the leaves on the ground going from tree to tree. I was also aware of a myriad of other woods-sounds that day. They were absolutely captivating to me as I continued to point out to my friend what I was hearing and seeing.

That particular day will forever be locked in my memory...as well as the compliment that followed.

My friend pointed out that as a result of our time together over the years that he began to see things through my eyes and how he had been enjoying them.

It seems as though that some folks are born with “God blessed” eyes and other folks attain them through their love and appreciation of the Lord.

Father,
I pray that every born again Christian will choose to settle for nothing less than eyes that are blessed by You. Help us to see and enjoy the colors and sounds and beauty in nature as well as in each other. We want our lives to be in harmony with You as well as the things that You have created for our enjoyment and comfort.
Amen

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