I love the light and warmth of our wood stove during these cold, dark days!
“When his children see the work of my hands in his midst, They shall keep my name holy; they shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob, and be in awe of the God of Israel.” Isaiah 29:23
Winter begins in a week when the shortest day arrives in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s interesting that I’m pondering light and vision today when our world is dark and cold.
Did you notice that Isaiah starts this verse with when, not if? “When his children see.” Why don’t we see? Are we not looking? Maybe the Evil One has darkened our mind so the Light can’t shine? John 1:5 says: “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it“. Jesus, the Light, can penetrate evil. Well Then….Why don’t we see the work of God’s hands? Maybe we see it, but give credit someplace other than God. Maybe, the real reason is explained in Matthew 9:27-31:
“As Jesus passes by, two blind men followed him, crying out, ‘Son of David, have pity on us!’ When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘Let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And their eyes were opened.”
“Do you believe that I can,” said Jesus. Belief. Our eyes open following faith and trust.
Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see.