Open My Eyes

“Wow! Look at that! Can you see that, Mommy?”

“Oooooh…look over there!”

I smiled as I listened to the joy-filled exclamations coming from the back of my minivan. You would think we were driving through some exotic locale or past a squeal-inducing theme-park. But we were just driving down a normal, everyday road in our hometown.

So what was all the fuss about?…

Two little girls with their first pairs of glasses could finally see! With the lifting and lowering of her bronze-colored frames, my oldest began a little chant, “Fuzzy…not fuzzy…fuzzy…not fuzzy…”.

As a fellow farsighted one, I totally get the wonder my girls have been feeling. I remember being delighted to put on my own glasses and see that the green blob-like trees in the distance actually had individual leaves. Individual ones. Who knew!

The excitement over this newfound ability to see clearly leads me to think of the joy I feel when God opens my eyes to truths in His Word. Those times when verses I have long struggled to grasp become clearer. One of my favorite verses to pray before I dive into the beloved pages of my Bible is Psalm 119:18.

“Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” Psalm 119:18, NKJV

That word “wondrous” is an awesome, power-packed word. According to the notes in my Spirit-Filled Life Bible (NKJV), the original Hebrew word is “pala’” which means “to perform a miracle, marvel, wonder, or supernatural deed, that is, something beyond the human ability to grasp, do, or achieve” (pg. 370). The notes go on to say the psalmist in the above verse is praying God will reveal “matters beyond normal human perception requiring supernatural insight to see them.”

Wow. What an offer. We can ask the Lord to open our eyes to see truths in His Word that we are not going to be able to grasp without supernatural intervention. Miracles can take place when we open the Bible. And the truth is, we need a miracle. So often I have beat myself up for not understanding God’s Word, feeling like some sort of spiritual loser. But I am not a spirtual loser. Neither are you. We just need a good pair of spiritual glasses, ones the Holy Spirit is more than willing to slip on us.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26

My daughters no longer have to walk around frustrated they cannot see the world around them clearly, and we, sweet sisters in Christ, do not have to sit in frustration before the Word, feeling totally inept and incapable of comprehension. We have full permission to ask the Holy Spirit to help us see clearly, to bless us with supernatural vision. That, my friends, is a sweet and amazing truth I plan to ask for daily! How about you?

6 Responses to Open My Eyes
  1. Courtney
    February 4, 2011 | 6:10 am

    As a fellow glasses-girl, I love this post! And I love the idea of asking the Holy Spirit to bless us with supernatural vision. What a wonderful thought. I’ve found that just by opening my Bible, reading the words, sitting there with it – being “in” the Word – so much is revealed. It is amazing what taking a little time like that can do for your day. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Leah Adams
    February 4, 2011 | 7:24 am


    I love the way that you use the experience of your girls getting glasses to illustrate the way the Holy Spirit teaches and guides us. Great work, my friend. I know it will speak to many.


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  3. Bethany
    February 4, 2011 | 8:08 am

    Thank you Kimberly! I love reading what you write – it blesses me:-)

  4. Carol
    February 4, 2011 | 11:31 am

    Awesome! What a great illustration. Loved it!

  5. Missy Lee
    February 4, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    Great post. Wonderful example. Love it.

  6. Beth
    February 5, 2011 | 8:27 pm

    My son had the same reaction when he got is glasses, too Kimberly.

    I wish we could be more amazed like that when God shows us a new truth!