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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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.