I take my eyesight for granted. My friend, Al, is blind, and does not know what an apple, fish, or sunset looks like. For the past twenty-six years, I’ve been able to see the world. I asked Al one day if he wishes he could see. Al said he’s thankful he can’t see. This way, the first thing he will ever see is Jesus face.
“But don’t you feel like you’re missing out?” I asked him.
“No,” Al said. “I love the life I have.” Al has used his blindness to his advantage in sharing Jesus love with people, and it is inspiring to see the way he loves people.
One time, Jesus was walking on the outskirts of Jericho, and a blind man called out to him. Jesus took some time to talk with him, and asked him what he wanted. He said,
“Master, I want to see again.” Luke 18:41.
Jesus said, “Go ahead—see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!” The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing—and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God. Luke 18:42-43.
I need this story. I like to think I can see because my eyesight isn’t so bad with glasses or contacts. In reality, I have been blind many times. Though the eyes I’ve used for the past twenty-six years are still working fairly well, I forget that God wants me to see the world through different eyes.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19
Your heart has eyes. Which is why we see everything going on in the world, and at the same time we dream a vision that is greater for this world. This is why we find ourselves wanting better in our friendships, and more kindness in our homes. The world isn’t enough for our souls, and hearts know it. We see this over and over again. Why does music touch our hearts the way it does? Songs of hope are opening the eyes of your heart to dream again, and to believe again. Ultimately, it is Jesus though who enlightens the eyes of our hearts to see Him all over again. So we can know Him again. Sometimes, Jesus does this by simply touching your heart when you ask Him. Sometimes, you ask Him and you find your sight being enlightened by those consumed with Him.
My friend, Kyler told me one of his goals this year is to see people the way Jesus sees them. I’ve noticed he has done so more and more as the year goes on. It’s supposed to be like that. The eyes of his heart are in a continual enlightenment to Jesus, and now He sees people through the eyes of his heart. His everyday eyes simply identify where people are. The eyes of his heart lead him to love.
I think that’s what it is supposed to be like. More of Jesus. More of who He is. More of Him in our lives. We don’t have to live blind. Jesus is a healer, and loves to come close and change our vision. So we can see Him. So we can see like Him. This is my prayer today. If you feel like your spiritual eyesight has decreased, or maybe you feel completely blind to the life of following God, pray this today.
“Jesus, I want to see again.”