I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes - I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! – Job 19:25-27
There are key moments in life you will never forget. Their images will enter through our eyes and will never escape. The sight of first seeing your child being born, a tragic car crash that you survived, seeing a beloved friend or family member after significant time apart, eating the last meal together with your grandfather before he passes – While only moments, these memories burn to life in our souls. There is a power to them that you alone can hold. They are yours. No doubt you are starting to think on some of your own now. The colors and shapes, the stories that surround them, bring these past times back more vividly than what you had for lunch a few weeks ago. This is your life. It is, for good or bad, filled with images from your eyes that you will never forget.
With that said, a majority of our life we do tend to forget. Why struggle with recalling the traffic that kept you from getting to work on time weeks ago? While seemingly important at the time, the realness of these moments pass and fade away. The importance of what we daily do, for the most part, simply isn’t that high as compared to those ‘unforgettable images’ mentioned earlier. We move through life on our familiar routines. We typically see the same day after day. It is what we do. So then, what makes the difference between these unforgettable and the mundane moments of our lives? Is it worth chasing after an adventurous life?
You look in the Bible and you find time after time stories where characters are found to ‘open their eyes.’ Every time this occurs it could be safe to say that an ‘unforgettable’ has occurred. A unique realness came upon them. In Luke 24, with eyes restrained, disciples of Christ walked literal miles with Jesus to only then realize who He truly was after He blessed and broke the bread. “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked to us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Something unforgettable occurred. In Acts 9, a man named Saul, once blinded, immediately preached about Christ in a synagogue after his eyes were opened. Again, something unforgettable occurred. The significance of these moments held value. The images, the meanings, the purpose, of all everything touched their souls and became real. Eyes are opened because of this. You find that a change in importance happens when a complete and whole Truth is involved.
Taking this thought back to our lives today, should we aim to ‘open our own eyes’? Taking a step back, it can be grasped that there is this innate desire of the Lord for us to live with our eyes opened to His work around us; to live a life of worth and Truth. In Acts 26, recalling those three days of blindness, Saul (now known as Paul) elaborates more on what was said to him. “I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ With eyes now opened, as a follower of Christ, this still holds true. Through Christ, we are asked to turn to Truth, to Life, to Light, to the Unforgettable. In many ways, this is God’s forever purpose for our lives. Simply put, as said in Ecclesiastes 11, “Truly the light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun”.
But where are you now? What are the conditions of YOUR eyes? Do you find yourself within a calm routine, focused on simply the forgettable? Or do you, like Job, find your heart yearning for you to open your eyes to see God and His purpose for your life? You can only know what is coming at you if you first open your eyes and finally see. It truly is the way of life worth living.