Early this morning as I sat in the quiet of my favorite reading chair, I paused to look up. Deep in thought, I noticed one of three big pine trees in our front yard. It was framed between the lamp on the table beside me and the wood of our picture window. Struck by its beauty, I noticed the shades of dark and light browns as they created a unique pattern. I was confident that there is no other tree with exactly the same design anywhere else.
I wondered what had caused the tree to come to my attention on this particular day. After all, it has been there since we moved here over 19 years ago. Why had I not seen its splendor before? I quickly realized that The Lord had given me a gift. He had given me eyes to see.
It is easy to become so hurried and distracted by our worries and responsibilities that we miss the good things right in front of us. Today I would like to invite you to ask The Lord to help you to see the beauty He has placed in your world. It is there according to who and where you are. And so, here is my prayer…
We ask You Lord to help us see Your goodness, even in the most difficult of times. Please help us to recognize the good things that You have placed in our lives. Sometimes it is a tree standing tall as it reflects Your Glory. Other times it is a simple act of kindness performed by our fellow man. It comes in the form of the smile of our children, or the majesty of the night time sky. Lord, help us not be so focused on our troubles, that they block our sight of You. We ask You for the gift of eyes to see Your great Love for us. It is the most beautiful thing of all.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Proverbs 20:12 KJV
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
Psalm 8:3,4 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Isaiah 33:17 KJV
Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty
John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.