Monday, November 24, 2008

Praying For Eyes that "See"

When we can see all that is gift and promise we are naturally thankful. But sometimes we get spoiled and feel entitled to much ... then whatever we have is not enough to satisfy us. May we pray for eyes and hearts to "see" those things that bless us this week of Thanksgiving in America.

There is an old counseling joke:
"Two little boys were each given a key to a room. Johnny unlocked his room to find it filled with beautifully wrapped gifts. Jimmy unlocked his room to find it full of manure. An hour or two later Johnny had unwrapped all of his gifts and looked gloomy, "Is that all there is?" Little Jimmy was humming and ditching that manure, "There has to be a pony here somewhere, I just got to keep digging and looking."

Pretty crude, eh? I think I've loved that story for many reasons. I am an optimist...I admit it, but I can get down and not see my way out of things. When that happens I have a habit of looking and praying for "eyes" to see all my blessings. Sometimes it is a breath taking view as I'm driving along a road, a sunset with gorgeous colors, a baby's laugh or a song that brings back wonderful memories.

I'm digging deeply into the second chapter of Ephesians, and I am asking God for eyes to "see" the miracle of God choosing me for salvation. In the first verses Paul explains that I was DEAD...not wretched sinner, messed up, making, he says it's all that, but worse... I (we) was (were) DEAD. This blog is dedicated to focus of thriving as Christians. Well, getting from DEAD to living has to be the first step before we can thrive. As I said yesterday, Just give me Jesus...otherwise I'm the dead walking (according to the Bible; Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2).
I love Charles Spurgeon's writings...see what he says about Ephesians 2:
When I was coming to Christ [as a young man of 16] I thought I was doing it all myself. [But when I learned differently, when I learned that everything that happened to me was God's doing and God's gift] I felt that I had grown in a sudden from a babe into a man - that I had made progress in Scriptural knowledge, through having found, once for all, the clue to the truth of God.

More on Ephesians 2 tomorrow....but today may we come alive in Christ and "see" all the riches and blessings God has for us in our lives now!!!

1 comment:

Chatty Kelly said...

Lord, give me eyes to see!

Great post Kay. And thanks for your compliments to me today at my blog. It made me feel great! Even if I am a poor house keeper! LOL.

I am spoiled - but I pray I am paying attention more so I can be thankful in ALL things.

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.