An interesting phenomenon has happened over the last few months in my attempt at blogging. I search my day for writing material. What makes good blog fodder is also what makes my heart go to the better places of life and releases me from dwelling on the circumstances. My favorite posts are not recounting events of the day but searching for the salvation in them.
Frankly, I never knew how appropriate the blog title, Annie’s Eyes, was until I discovered how much it has opened my eyes daily to those God-orchestrated moments that call for further introspect. The Scripture that comes to mind is Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
I have struggled over the years to dwell on these things. It is my human nature to spend too much time thinking about every possible outcome. Truth be told, somewhere deep inside me believed that if I figured out how to handle even the worst of situations, I would be okay because I would already have a plan. However, the main problem with this thinking is it is not at all what God asks of us in our walk toward holiness. I was relying on my own understanding and not trusting God to walk before me and open my eyes to His plan, through His Eyes. I was what Proverbs 3 calls “leaning” on my own understanding. I wish I could tell you I don’t do that anymore, but I can tell you I don’t do it as much. Instead, I make myself available for God to open my eyes and see each moment through the eyes of Grace. It really is that simple. I will not always understand, but I can rest in knowing each event is orchestrated by His divine Hand, and know it will be used for good. I am still very much a work in progress, but this revelation through blog journaling has freed me significantly not to have to have it all figured out. When I trust, He sets my path straight, as I am fixed on Him rather than the situation. Two healing miracles for a life riddled with worry.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Your life doesn’t have to be carried on your own tired shoulders. The healing comes, in a very practical sense, by inviting Him to apply the old hymn to your moments that make each day: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful Face. And the things of the world will grow strangely dim in the Light of His Glory and Grace.”