I moved to the most beautiful place. It’s at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway is a hop, skip, and a jump from my front door. The beauty that surrounds me here is almost overwhelming. It is in every direction for miles and miles as far as my eyes can see.
God blessed me when He sent me here.
I am sure it was a gift for much-needed healing.
But then life…
I have work, school, a home to take care of, laundry, children, a ministry … it goes on and on, my responsibilities.
I become part of the mundane tasks of this world. Consumed with things I need to finish and mouths I need to feed.
The beauty around me still exists but my eyes don’t recognize it.
I find myself stuck in the world and not looking past it to what the Lord has provided. I become blinded with things left undone and burdens that feel way too heavy.
I can’t see.
I can’t open my eyes.
Then He speaks,
“Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So, the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha,” (2 Kings 6:17).
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!,” (Matthew 6:22-23).
Are your eyes open?
Are you even bothering to look for God’s beauty around you?
Are you finding yourself consumed with the world, daily tasks, and things left undone?
God wants you to open your eyes. He wants you to see. He wants you to take it all in, embrace it and then share it with others. He wants you to take a seat in the glory He has graciously created. He wants you to breathe.
Now, I have decided to drive every day after work to my farm and sit for a moment and open my eyes.
I have challenged myself to see the beauty God created all around me and gifted to me when He sent me here. I have disciplined myself to look for Him before I conquer my responsibilities of the world. I want my eyes to be open. I want to see.
I am better for it.
I challenge you to do it.
In what ways do you need to open your eyes?
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Holy Beautiful Life