Eyes

Follow my advice, my son;
always treasure my commands.
Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
Proverbs 7: (1-3)

I was reading my Proverb a day this morning and the first few verses of Proverbs 7 jumped out at me. For some reason, as I read the above section, it reminded me of my biological grandfather from my dad’s side of the family. He passed away years ago and I remember very little of him. We visited him a few times when I was a child.

My grandmother divorced my grandfather when my dad was a child. I don’t know much about their marriage. But, I do know, divorce was not as common in 1952 as it is today. My grandfather was an alcoholic and, apparently, not a very happy drunk. He also had a disease known as Retinitis Pigmentosa which is a genetic condition that causes blindness. My grandfather lost his sight when he was in his mid-twenties.

Our visits with my grandfather made me uncomfortable. My grandmother had remarried years and years earlier and I always consider that grandpa to be my real grandpa. He was the one in my life on a regular basis. He was the one who would tickle my back to help me fall asleep.

One of the reasons I disliked visiting my biological grandpa was because of his blindness. It scared me. Retinitis Pigmentosa is a hereditary disease and I was fearful I was going to go blind. Sometimes, as a child, I would close my eyes and practice being blind.

“Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.” When I read this section of Proverbs 7, I thought about my grandpa. He was powerless over this disease that took his eyesight, guarding his eyes would not have helped prevent the disease which led to his blindness.

This memory brought to mind how different physical blindness is to spiritual blindness. We have power over whether or not we become or remain spiritually blind. God promises us many times throughout scripture that if we look for Him, with all our heart, we will find Him…we will see Him. Blindness happens when we take our eyes off of Him or refuse to look in His direction. It’s a choice whether we decide to follow His commands and teachings. If we close the eyes to our heart, then we are choosing to stumble along in the dark.

8 thoughts on “Eyes

  1. Jenifer

    What a great post Eileen! I had very bad eye sight until having lasik four years ago. I hated not being able to see. I hated that my eye sight worsened each year. I want my spriitual eyes wide open to see all that God has for me. Thank you for this.

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  2. Kandi

    Great post Eileen.

    I am still amazed when I can read the word and get nothing from it, then a few days later go back and read it again and it is like a whole new world has opened up, suddenly it all makes sense, I don't know why I am still amazed by this, when He opens our spiritual eyes to breath in what He wants to tell us in that moment.

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  3. Suzanne and Chris Acuff

    I love all of these passages surrounding Proverbs, too, in having a son. We're already teaching the "guarding of eyes" to our kids. It's nice to have perspective from others (you) to open our eyes to Him when we guard against something else.

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  4. Lisa

    This post goes along with what I was reading in Isaiah this morning. "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" Isaiah 26:3. The peace comes when we choose to fix our eyes on Jesus, like the verse in Proverbs says. I want to keep my spiritual eyes on and set on Him. Great post!

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  5. My daily walk in His grace!

    Hi Eileen, this is a lovely post. David said examine my heart and show me if there is anything evil in me. I want to remain open enough to God's spirit that I don't become prideful and then become blinded to His will in my life. I completely agree with you that we have a choice about remaining spiritually blind.
    God bless
    Tracy
    PS: will be posting pics of my own dogs on the weekend 4 labs and 2 sausage dogs!

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  6. Allison

    Great words! I don't want to stumble in the dark…I want my path to shine bright with His love.

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  7. Kelli

    I love this, "This memory brought to mind how different physical blindness is to spiritual blindness. We have power over whether or not we become or remain spiritually blind." Its so wonderful to ask God "God I want to see you today." If we ask we will surely see!

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  8. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    What a wonderful, intimate post Eileen… Thank you for sharing this with us. We have a couple of friends that are blind, and it always amazes me to talk with them and gain that perspective on the things we take for granted. Spiritual blindness works the same way. When I spend time talking with people who haven't come to Christ, they have such a different view on the world… Thankfully, they can be cured of that blindness!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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