Eyes Wide Open

Published on May 21st, 2014 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

Wednesday’s are usually the day that I write this blog.  Believe it or not, there is some pressure associated with the magic that happens here.  I know that it seems as if I just sit down at my computer and simply write the first thing that pops into my head but there is much thought that goes into this little project.  Stop it…I hear all the wise cracks!  This morning the Lord woke me up early and so I had some extra time to pray and meditate.  I always wonder what is happening that requires God to wake me up early for prayer?  Is the church under a unique attack spiritually?  Are my children and grandchildren ok?  I am often not sure but have learned to simply pray to our Sovereign Lord.  I thought about writing about that.  I got out of the house early and was driving the opposite way than I normally do because I had to get gas (one of the benefits of living in rural NJ – you have to go out of your way to get gas) and I saw a street sweeper cleaning our road.  I did not know they still did that.  I thought about writing about how many people serve the Lord in ways that people never see or even notice the benefits of that which they provide (like cleaner roads).  The gas attendant I had this morning had more tattoos and piercings on his body than I thought possible.  His tattoos told part of the story of his life.  They shouted what he thought important or what was meaningful or cool to him.  I thought about writing about how we dress and act to reflect what we believe and what is meaningful to us.  As I sat and waited for my truck to fill up with gas a huge truck drove in beside me.  I always get a little truck envy as I sit in my little Tacoma while this huge truck dwarfs me. This truck was also pulling a nice camper.  Going away for the weekend?  Living the life?  I then thought about how I could write about how my mom and dad thought about buying a camper but then decided that if they bought one they would feel obligated to use it on weekends and then we would miss too many weekends of ministry. I remember agreeing with them and how much they taught me to love the church of God.  As I drove away I began to meditate on all the verses I was exposed to this week and which ones would be beneficial to share with you all.  I spent a good ten minutes meditating on the truth that through Jesus we already have the victory and how often we live our everyday lives as if Satan is winning.  I often feel defeated by circumstances rather than interpreting those circumstances in light of the victory that is already mine.  I then noticed a huge tree trunk.  The tree had been cut down except for about an eight foot high piece of the trunk.  The trunk was massive but was completely hollow inside.  It was what killed the tree.  How massive are some ministries on the outside but so completely hollow of the truth of God on the inside?  They may attract thousands but will pass away if the truth is not in them.  I had sports talk radio on and was reminded that the Cleveland Cav’s just beat the odds and received the top pick in the draft for the third time in four years.  There are so many lessons with that one…how we squander great gifts from God…how there are never sure things in this life apart from God…how people often let us down…how God replaces that which is taken from us (ie, Lebron James…I am not bitter!).

As you can tell, though, I did not decide to really write about any of those things.  I thought I would share with you how varied are the lessons that God teaches us every day…if we would just open our eyes to what He is saying.  He is all around us and his Word will come alive to us if we just allow the Spirit of God to open up the eyes of our hearts.  I was searching and looking for something to share and I saw a myriad of possibilities.  Rather than just drive home from work today…pretend you have to write your own blog…look for Jesus in your everyday life so that you have something to share.  Meditate and study his Word until the Spirit reveals to you something about our great God.  Open your eyes and ears to the world around you and see how God is everywhere.  Be careful…God speaks to us through his Word and apart from his Word we do not know him, but we can allow his Word to define our world around us.  Allow the Spirit to use the Word of God to give you spiritual eyes and ears that define your world as a masterpiece shouting the glory of God.

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