We made it.
It’s a new year, a new season, a new day.
Some of us have no doubt made resolutions, set goals and created lists to assist us in keeping on task this year. Others may have prayed specific, detailed prayers entrusting their direction and endeavors to the Lord. In our house we’ve done a bit of both.
Last week when driving back from visiting family, I purposely took a back road , out of the way route through Worthington/Delaware, Ohio. I’ve fallen in love with stretch of narrow road that runs along the Olentangy River. There are homes that span across acres of land, housing horses, stables, farm animals, country churches and roadside markets. If I could pick an area in which to build a home, this would be it.
As I was driving the rain began to come down a bit more steady than it had in the previous hours of my drive. To the right side of my car, the Olentangy River rushed at an enchanting speed, carrying the tempo of a bass-line driven melody. The river had risen significantly since I’d driven this same road just days prior. So much so, that one home sitting on the water’s edge, was covered in water up to it’s yard, and inching towards it’s front porch.
I couldn’t look away.
Before I could think about how much danger I was putting myself in, I looked in front and behind me to make sure there were no cars coming or following me. Then…I did it.
I snapped this picture.
What you cannot see is that just beyond this lining of trees (on the right) is the raging Olentangy River.
When I initially shot (or so I thought I shot) this picture, my windshield was clear of rain. But in just that short amount of time, my view was blurred.
One of the greatest obstacles to achieving our goals : no matter how great or small , is a lack of vision or in some cases blurred vision.
Blurred vision is when we keep in our eye’s view the issues or problems that we contend with, rather than focusing on the supernatural ability and clarity that comes with knowing, abiding in and seeking Christ.
When I pray for others I like to use scripture. God’s word is alive and active. Often when we don;t know the words to say, God’s word will speak through and for us. Since He and His word are one, I believe it’s like literally making room for God to make His word real and tangible in our lives.
This scripture is one that I use regularly when praying for others.
“I ask – ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory – to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him – endless energy, boundless strength! ” (Ephesians 1:16-19) message translation
I love that this passage is CLEAR about the fact that God has the ability to make us INTELLIGENT, DISCERNING & FOCUSED!!! So often we rely on 5 hour energy drinks, coffee (errr’yyy day y’all) , and anti-depressants (let’s keep it real) to keep us balanced or focused. (Listen, if it works for you…bravo, hear? Do what works for you.) But, SOMETIMES our lack of focus and direction is birthed from our continual reliance on everything but the Holy Spirit, the word of God, and His presence. Do you truly believe that the answer to every need, desire, issue you could ever have IS and will always be JESUS???
As we begin this new year and season, let us all take a moment to reflect on this passage. It’s the perfect time to make an appointment and get our “eyes” checked.
As Paul says (in the ESV) version “may the eyes of your understanding be enlightened”.
That is my prayer for us all.