READ:  Hebrews 10: 23-25


          “Open my eyes, that I may see, glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.  Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see; open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!*


          Have you ever watched birds walk a certain distance, stop abruptly, pivot their heads, cock their head, and then resume moving again?  Ornithologists claim that some species of birds have difficulty seeing their surroundings accurately when they are moving.  Consequently when they are still, they can see more clearly what is happening around them.


          I sometimes wonder if that is always true of us as humans.  Most Christians do not deliberately and dramatically set out to disobey God.  Instead we simply do not heed Him by being sensitive to His leading in the small details of our lives.  I sometimes visualize my Lord as looking down on me and sadly shaking His head and sighing, “Lester, Lester, Lester, when will you learn to slow down!”  Oh, I do try to be kind to others and to motivate them, but so often I, like the birds, in my hurrying fail to accurately see what is happening around me.  Things that would not only enrich my life but also would help me add joy to those around me.


          If I could couple this realization with the truth, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118: 24 (NIV) how different my daily life might be.  Opening my eyes to His numerous gifts as I go through the day and not being content with just my morning devotional hour and then putting Him on the shelf until my evening prayers are at hand.  “Yes, Dear Lord, I even shake my head at myself at times.  Help me, through the Holy Spirit, to be more conscious of You and Your many gifts and assist me in building them into my contacts as I go through this day and every day.”  Amen