每日诗歌: Open my eyes Lord (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo6gZAUuQ3E)
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Someone once said: “if you want evidences for intelligent design, just study human eyes”. Indeed, our eyes are among the greatest gifts we receive from God. They give us vision, so we may see God’s Creation. They give us tears, so we may express God’s compassion. But eyes may also deceive us, so that we put our confidence in things we see while ignoring those we don’t see.
Today’s OT reading illustrates the importance of spiritual eyesight. The king of Aram was getting frustrated by the repeated failure of his scheme against the king of Israel (2Ki 6:11). Somehow, his officer found out that Elisha was the cause of his problem. Therefore, he sent his army to capture the man of God (6:14). The servant of Elisha got panic, for the consequence of falling into the hands of Aramean army was terrifying. But Elisha’s was unwavering: “Don’t be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (6:16). Then, God opened the servant’s eyes and he saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around them (6:17). It must have been a breath-taking scene!
In the mean time, God struck the Aramean army with blindness. They had to be led by Elisha to the city of Samaria before God opened their eyes. Then, they realized that they were in the midst of the Israelites and their life was in jeopardy. But the grace of Elisha spared their lives. Either out of gratitude or fear, they stopped raiding Israel’s territory (6:23).
Mark uniquely recorded a two-step healing of a blind man by Jesus (Mk 8:22-26). The first step gave him a strange sight: “I see people; they look like trees walking around” (Mk 8:24). Then, the second step of healing gave him the full sight. Was Jesus having problem with his power or was he using it as a real-life parable to show that faith was more than seeing? I let you be the judge.
“I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind but now I see”. The circumstances around us can be scary if we simply rely on our physical eyesight, and we will get anxious and panic like the servant of Elisha. But the truth is “those who are with us are more than those who are with them”. May the Lord constantly open our eyes, so we may see the horses and the chariots of fire fill the hills and valleys in our heaven bound journey.
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