Eyes to See


While saying goodbye to a friend, a hummingbird flew swiftly toward our feeder on the front porch.

It took only seconds for the tiny, graceful bird to swoop in, assess the situation, and rapidly depart- but I saw him and followed his flight away from us to a nearby tree.

My friend did not even notice him until I mentioned the hummingbird that had just come by.  Why?  My ears and eyes have been trained to look.  When I am outside or even pass by the window- I look to see if the hummingbird is feeding or simply perching on the hook that supports the feeder.

I have been trained to have eyes to see.

Just as my eyes have been trained to anticipate and look for the hummingbird, so our eyes must be trained to discern the work of God in our lives.

I wait in the morning in anticipation of the hummingbird’s arrival.  And when he flutters in and lands on the feeder, my heart is filled with joy and wonder that I get an opportunity to watch him.  I love noticing details about his outer appearance, but I also love to hear his wings hum and hear his sweet song.

Oh Lord, that I might anticipate you with such joy.  That my heart would be captivated by your song, and long to hear it again and again.

Oh Lord my God, help me be watchful for you- that I might be in tune with your will for my life.   May my ears listen to hear your voice, and my eyes look in anticipation of a glimpse of you. I don’t want to miss out on the blessings you have for me by choosing my own way.  Help me submit to your righteous, perfect will.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Matthew 13:14-16

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.  (see also Isaiah 6:9-10)

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.