None so blind as those who....

Posted by: Alex on Oct 7, 2010

Without being too facetious, I can say that I have four favorite seasons of the year here in Leavenworth.  Certainly the beauty of Autumn is one of them!  On a good day I greatly appreciate the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves, the crisp air, and the joy of riding my bicycle up Icicle canyon.  The magnificent rock formations, the trees, the brilliant colors, all of these embrace my soul.

But there are other days, of course, when my eyes look straight ahead, dazed and blinded, preoccupied by tasks left undone, relationships on edge, finances in stress.  And I miss the entire display of creation seeking entrance into my heart.

Returning from one of these rides, I ventured across a quote from someone who knows about “seeing.”  Let me share what Ms. Keller wrote:

“At times my heart cries out with longing to see these things.  If I can get so much pleasure from mere touch, how much more beauty must be revealed by sight.  Yet, those who have eyes apparently see little.  The panorama of color and action which fills the world is taken for granted.  It is human, perhaps, to appreciate little that which we have and to long for that which we have not, but it is a great pity that, in the world of light, the gift of sight is used only as a mere convenience rather than as a means of adding fullness to life.”

Perhaps it’s time again to take Paul’s words seriously and to make his prayer for the Ephesians mine:

"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Beloved of of Glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, and what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among he saints.......”  Ephesians 1: 17, 18.

Help me, Spirit of God, to stay alert, awake, and alive in the present!

Pastor Alex