Today’s Bible verse was “eye-opening” to say the least:
As they left Jericho, a great crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “[Lord,] Son of David, have pity on us!” The crowd warned them to be silent, but they called out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have pity on us!” Jesus stopped and called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They answered him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” Moved with pity, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight, and followed him.
Now, I know I have heard before the comparison between the blind men and the rest of us. We are all, at times, blind to what is right before us. And sometimes we are blind to God.
But what struck me when I read this passage was the crowd warning them to be quiet. The blind men were calling out to Jesus “open our eyes” and the crowd was trying to dissuade them, telling them to shut up. Sometimes it seems like today’s crowd is still trying to silence those who seek Jesus, those who long to have their eyes opened.
Help me to continue to cry out for you, even when the world tries to silence me. Open my eyes, Lord!
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Thanks, Patty! (Haha on the “”eye-opening” opening comment! I’m sure there was pun intended!) It’s amazing how times really haven’t changed all that much over the past 2000 years. They were fighting society “norms” then, and we are fighting them today. But I also not only think of how the eyes need to be opened, but on how proactive we need to be. I think of that song “God’s not dead He’s surely alive! Living on the inside, roaring like a lion…” Well, maybe He shouldn’t be roaring on the inside. We need to start roaring on the outside! Let His Word be heard through us!
I am so thankful that you have opened my eyes many years ago! I only wish that I could keep them as wide open as they once were. I’m afraid I have let them lose sight of You from time to time and they are not open wide. Help me to know what is right when things get confusing and the “norm” is not of you. Help me to see the areas I have been led astray from you so that I may find my way back. Please give me the courage and the strength to do what is right especially when it goes against society. Lord, give me a strong voice so that when I cry out to you, I can be heard above all those who want to quiet me. Lord, give me the strong voice of a lion’s roar so that the love You have for us is known to all! Not in yelling and shouting (unless I am shouting your joy and singing your praises) but in my acts of love and kindness. Then Lord, I pray You touch my eyes. So that my eyes can see You and only You, beautifully and clearly! What a beautiful day that would be!