Psalm 119:18: “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”

The Bible is a mysterious book. Initially, as a young teenager I could not make heads or tails of it. I have always loved poetry and so the ancient poetic texts of the Bible stood out to me at first, especially King Solomon’s “Song of Songs”. Growing up in an agnostic household I was the only one in our family reading the Bible. One day a classmate noticed my interest and invited me to join a Bible study. I decided to give it a shot and accepted the invitation.

As it turned out, the Bible study took place in a private home and was led by high school and college students. Tea was served as one of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians was discussed. I had trouble following the discussion – quite frankly, this was all new to me; all the time I kept wondering whether God exists at all. And while I was bent over the Bible taking notes, I noticed for the first time a quiet voice inside of me affirming: it’s true. God is real.

The fact that the Bible spoke to me was my very first clue that God exists. All of a sudden a piece of poetry turned into something much more potent. And so the Bible unlocked the mystery of God’s presence to me. From then on I have become more and more intrigued with the Scriptures. Not sure how else to put this: The Bible is alive. It breathes God’s Spirit and reveals the truth. Translated into almost every contemporary language spoken on this planet, its message went all around the world.

Unless our vision is impaired or we are legally blind, our natural eyes are able to distinguish the things around us. However, there is a second set of eyes that God has given us. This set of eyes recognizes the spiritual world. Unfortunately at some point in the history of mankind we went spiritually blind. Thankfully God can restore our sight. All we have to do is ask.

We can pray with King David and petition the Lord to open the eyes of our heart. What happens next is God’s decision, but so much is clear: we will understand things that were incomprehensible to us before and most of all we will recognize the Lord.

“Open the eyes of my heart Lord, I want to see you” Paul Baloche

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