The gospel reading at church this morning told about how Jesus opened the eyes of the blind man.
“I was blind but now I see.”
Tonight I opened the Bible to Daniel. The section was called the “Writing on the Wall” and it talked about how King Belshazzar needed someone to interpret the writing on the wall:
Daniel answered the king: “You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else; but the writing I will read for the king, and tell what it means. The Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar kingship, greatness, splendor, and majesty. Because he made him so great, the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Whomever he willed, he would kill or let live; whomever he willed, he would exalt or humble. But when his heart became proud and his spirit hardened by insolence, he was put down from his royal throne and deprived of his glory; he was cast out from human society and his heart was made like that of a beast; he lived with wild asses, and ate grass like an ox; his body was bathed with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God is sovereign over human kingship and sets over it whom he will. You, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this; you have rebelled against the Lord of heaven. You had the vessels of his temple brought before you, so that you and your nobles, your consorts and your concubines, might drink wine from them; and you praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence. But the God in whose hand is your very breath and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify. By him was the hand sent, and the writing set down.
As I read this I thought how easy it is to see where the kings went wrong. How easy it was to see the proverbial “writing on the wall.” They let their greed and pride get the best of them and as a result lost all of the goodness that God had bestowed. It is so easy to sit in judgment and say, if God gave me kingship, greatness, splendor and majesty — I would bow to Him, I would glorify Him, I would be humble and grateful. Wouldn’t I? Of course as soon as I started typing this thought, I was quickly reminded of all the gifts God does bestow on me. And all the times I fail to glorify Him, all of the times I am not humble and grateful and all of the times I covet something else, or bow to the “gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone,” Facebook and electronics. And I thought back to this morning’s gospel reading, “I was blind but now I see.” Wouldn’t it be nice if every day we could see the writing on our own wall, if we could see, really see what God is trying to tell us, if we could see, really see all of the goodness that God has bestowed on us and be grateful and humble.
Thank you God for all of the gifts you give me. I know I am not worthy. Everything I have is because of you. Please give me the grace and wisdom to see, really see. Please open my eyes every morning to your grace and mercy. I am humbled by your greatness and by your merciful love. Your love is all I need.
I am grateful! I am satisfied!