Open My Eyes

I am blessed with many senses – touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight.  They all combine to equip me to learn and enjoy life.   As humans we tend to be visual beings.  We need to see it to believe it.  For example, Missouri is known as the “Show Me” state.   Thomas needed to see the wounds of Jesus to truly believe in the risen Christ.    I wonder how many times I have had experiences in my life that I knew in advance to be true but did not really understand or appreciate it until I saw it.   We are all familiar with the problems in developing nations – clean water, lack of food, disease, etc.  We have even seen this displayed on television in ads asking for donations to charitable organizations.     I have visited several developing nations and seen with my own eyes vast poverty, malnourished children and adults, shacks with a dirt floor and no electrify or indoor plumbing.   It was at that moment that I gained a new appreciation for the reality of the situation.  In essence, my eyes were opened to the problem.

This makes me recall the two men walking with Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  After walking and talking with Him all day, they did not know they were with the Risen Christ.   It was not until He had joined them for dinner at the end of the day that their eyes were opened.  “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight” (Luke 24:30-32).    I wonder how many times has Christ walked with me and I have failed to see Him?  It is easy for me to look back and give thanks and acknowledge His help but my eyes are often not on Him during a storm.  I realize that wherever I go and whatever I do, Christ is with me.  His presence is in my heart and that is a covenant from Holy Scripture.  “And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

How about the woman at the well?  She spoke with Jesus at length but she failed to recognize Him.  He told her many things about herself so she assumed he must be a prophet.  Her final words to Him are significant to me.  In John 4:25 we learn, “The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming.  When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  I have often read this scripture and thought – how can this woman not realize that she is speaking to Jesus?  I know realize how many times have I sat through a sermon and left and not realized that Christ was speaking to me?  Or how many times have I denied assistance to a beggar, the homeless, or the “least” of society and violated His instructions in Matthew 25:40?  We are proud to realie that Christ is in us  

and we are in Him.   We may even realize that He walks with us.  However, it is also important to realize that Christ is in all of us.  I pray that He opens my eyes to His presence in myself and others and I treat everybody with the respect and kindness befitting that of a King.  Be blessed and open your eyes to the love, beauty, and grace of God that is in and around you.   

Todd Shupe is the President of DrToddShupe.com and is a well recognized expert on wood-based housing and wood science.  Shupe worked as a  professor and lab director at LSU for over 20 years. He is active in several ministries including his Christian blog ToddShupe.com. Todd is the Secretary of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men, Database Coordinator for Gulf South Men, and volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, Iron Sharpens Iron, Open Air Ministries, HOPE Ministries food pantry. Todd is currently preparing to be a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men.