Daily D – Luke 11:33-36
No one lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket. Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. Take care, then, that the light in you is not darkness. If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you.
LUKE 11:33-36 (CSB)
My appointment with the eye doctor went well last week. My vision remains strong and clear. That was good news to my ears.
A new doctor examined me. My previous doctor had a second child and decided to take a job closer to her home on the north side of Dallas. The new doc is a live wire. She has so much energy that I cannot imagine her sitting still for more than a moment or two.
Her examination of my eyes included long looks into the depths of my eyes with a painfully bright light. The combination of that light and the dilation that made her deep examination possible made me wonder if I would be able to drive home safely. (I did.)
Seeing well makes me feel well.
My bride, our dogs, and I have taken a couple of enjoyable walks in recent days. Redbuds, plum, pear, and dogwood trees are in full bloom. Most other trees are in bud. Grass is going green. The first bluebonnets popped up nearby. All of these are delights to the eyes.
We saw a redheaded woodpecker, bluebirds, robins, ducks, and geese. Some of these were making themselves at home. Others were making their way home. Our black dog, Millie, sees squirrels, bunnies, and children while watching out for bicycles. Ollie the Border Collie is in charge. He is ever alert to hazards and leads us along the right path.
Two large, mean, loud dogs began chasing us on our last walk. Ollie and Millie never barked nor growled. Ollie kept his eye on them while pushing us along the trail. He knew the fence between them and us would keep us separated. He also had a plan should that fence not hold them back. Having seen him in action on such an occasion, he would run circles around the dogs until they sat down in confusion. Then he would walk away. He would never waste a bark on a bully.
All of these are delights to the eye. They are wonderful to view. Seeing with eyes of wonder lights up our lives.
There are also things we can look at that cast darkness into our souls. Do not gaze long in those directions. There is more beauty than we can consume. The more wonder we place before our eyes, the more wonderful are our lives.
This is not a warning along the lines of, “O be careful little eyes what you see . . . .” Instead it is an invitation to delight. Where will you see beauty and wonder and delight today? Gaze upon it. Immerse yourself in it. Luxuriate in the blessing of the light of life. God is the giver of all good things. Among them are eyes that see how beautiful he is in all he has created.
I will look around in wonder.
Our Father, thank you for the gift of eyesight. Thank you for beauty and wonder. Thank you for well-lighted lives. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.