May 26, 2010

Give me Your Eyes

God keeps nudging me. As lazy as I continue to be (seriously, it's pathetic), God keeps prodding and letting me know I can't stay on like this. There is a much greater purpose... and I have a much greater power at my disposal...  am I going to waste my time forever??

Over the last few months a lot of thoughts have gone through my head (surprise!)... I'm doing a study on the book of Daniel and the first 6 chapters have focused on living with integrity in a society of "Babylonian Mentality"... we're learning about trials and various reactions to trials and what God wants as our "go-to" reaction (prayer and trusting Him!)... we're learning a lot about pride and its seriousness and consequences... we're learning a lot about how we need to resolve and stand firm in Christ so as not to drown and give-in to the Babylonian mentality, but stand up (and likely 'out'!) and see the world as God sees it.

At missionary conference, Phil Coulson had a word on the Person and the Work of the Holy Spirit. Seriously - we need to hear more on this. You should take a listen to his message - I won't even try to recap here because I'd fail greatly.  But I left with the solemn realization (you know how you hear things your entire life, yet suddenly you WAKE UP and hear it??) that I truly can hinder and stifle the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. But if I let Him work with free reign - watch out! :) You can download the message here:

I'm also slowly reading a recommended book by Eric and Leslie Ludy - Wrestling Prayer . I'm not very far into it, but today it was looking at David and how once he was anointed King, he started to act like one just where he was... he knew God was with him and that his little flock of sheep was his sphere of service - his stewardship. While he could have let one little lamb escape by the lion's grasp - he didn't. He leaped forward to fight for what was entrusted to him by his God. How am I treating and protecting what God has entrusted to me? Do I see myself as God sees me - redeemed and in training to reign? How do I act or react when one of God's sheep are wandering off or in danger? Do I just sit there and worry or gossip? Or do I call upon the Lord for wisdom and help and go after that sheep? I know I'm not an assembly overseer.. but does that mean I have no responsibility? I don't think so. What about the lost all around me... can I just sit here, holding my little corner of truth and hope and not share it??

Monday coming home from the cottage we listened to one of Ravi Zacharias' messages... and he tells us about his morning routine. After spending time alone in the Word and getting refocused on what matters to God, he drives to a nearby coffee shop and sits there looking... watching... seeing the world through God's eyes... and praying.

How do I see the world around me? As a bustling place where I work, run errands, etc... ?  Or can I stop and take a new look and see the individuals ... the souls... the lostness and loneliness that God sees? I must stop. and see. through His eyes. I must.

I've been listening to a song mentioned by a friend recently, and the chorus always hits home... here are the words to the whole song:

Give Me Your Eyes
(Brandon Heath Lyrics)

Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black tile
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breath in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
Are those people going somewhere?
Why have I never cared?

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide what’s underneath
There’s a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
To ashamed to tell his wife
He’s out of work
He’s buying time
Are those people going somewhere?
Why have I never cared?

I’ve been there a million times
A couple of million eyes
Just moving past me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way you see the people all alone

Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the once forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see

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