After I finished praying that God would open the eyes of a friend’s heart, Jordan said, “That’s what I’ve been journaling about recently. The eyes of our hearts. And what I’ve been learning in our kungfu class about the importance of where our eyes are looking.” She showed me her journal, and I was encouraged by her reflections. She gave me permission to share her journal entry here:
“I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven. As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy.” (Psalm 123:1-2)
“But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord.” (Psalm 141:8)
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)
The eyes are a very important part of the body. Through them we see the world. In kungfu class, the nainai (grandmother) said where your eyes look is very important because where they look your whole body is looking. The direction you look in is the direction your whole body leans toward. In the same way that our physical eyes are important, so also are our spiritual eyes. Just as through our physical eyes we see the physical world, so through the eyes of our hearts we see the unseen world.
“And Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:17)
So what does it mean for our eyes to be good? In order to have our body filled with light we must have our eyes open. If our eyes are closed we will see nothing but darkness. Therefore, the first step to having eyes that are good is to have open eyes. God is the only one who has the power to open the eyes of our heart to see the unseen. However, we do have a choice to make. We can either choose to have faith and trust in the unseen or we can harden our hearts and refuse to have our eyes opened.
“For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” (Acts 28:27)
God offers healing to those who are willing to have their eyes opened. However, that is not all that is important concerning our eyes. Once we have eyes that are opened we must also be careful where they are looking.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
With open eyes fixed on Jesus we will be encouraged, strengthened and motivated to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”