Friday, May 19, 2017

I Want to See~

As soon as I turn the corner, I see him.
White cane in hand,
he taps his way along the sidewalk.

The tilt of his head in my direction
lets me know
he has "seen" me, too.

As I slowly drive past,
I try to imagine life in his shoes.

Guided by touch.
Navigating through life by way of sound.
Living each moment without truly seeing all that the moment holds.

To not be able to see a sunrise.

To not be able to stand atop a vista and take in the view.

To not be able to gaze into the eyes of a child.

To not be able to read a hand-written letter.

To not be able to see your own reflection in a mirror.

As I make my way on down the street,
heading back into my own life,
I steal one more view of him in the rear-view mirror.

And, I see it.

The face of this man is not only sporting darkly tinted glasses,
but also a smile.

I pause in my heart and wonder.

Is it possible to be blind and yet still see?
Is it possible to see and yet be so very blind?

Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,
who have eyes but do not see,
who have ears but do not hear.
~Jeremiah 5:21

Do you have eyes but fail to see,
and ears but fail to hear?
~Mark 8:18

It is so much more
than seeing what is in front of us.

How often do you and I walk through life blind?

Guided by fear.
Navigating our way through life
by way of earthly cares and concerns,
insecurities and doubts.
Living each moment without truly seeing all that the moment holds.

To not be able to see the heartache underneath the smile of a dear friend.

To not be able to see the sin in our own heart.

To not be able to see God's design for our life tucked into the trials and disappointments.

To not be able to see the strength we possess because Christ lives in us.

To not be able to see the blessings of today because we're stuck in the past and worrying about the future.

To not be able to see God in the everyday moments of our day.

Oh precious, Lord. I want to see.
I don't want to stumble through life
only catching a glimpse of You here
or a brief view of You there.

I want to see You in everything,
in all things,
in the WHOLE of my life.

Touch the eyes of my heart, Lord.
Remove all that hinders me from having a clear view.
I want to see, Lord.

Arriving at my destination,
I step out of my car.

As I walk along the sidewalk,
I look up,
I see it.

as plain as day
is a heart-shaped cloud.

God's healing touch has already begun,
and I smile.

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