Living with Brand New Eyes

Lay me down. Lay me down. Hand on my heart this much is true…

The words on my heart when my eyes opened this morning.  They’re from a song I’ve heard a few times at church recently.  Here’s the whole song if you’d like to take a listen.

In my Scripture reading, I am continuing my trip through the Book of Acts. Today was Chapter 9, the famous account of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. I’ve read this chapter many times but the verse that stood out to me today was a portion of the Lord’s conversation with Ananias.

“Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord!” he replied.

The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. ” (bold emphasis mine)

I would love to know what Paul was saying to the Lord. I have a feeling sweet words of surrender like the ones in this song were pouring from his lips.

Hand on my heart, I belong to you alone…Lord I know that now, I will follow you now always.  Please help me.

I was reminded this morning of a good question to ask ourselves the moment our eyes open in the morning and before climbing out of bed.

Lord, how can I serve you today?

After Paul’s conversion and his eyes were opened, he wasted no time going to work serving the Lord.  What if we treated each day like that…as if our eyes have been opened again for the first time?  A fresh start, a brand new chance to give everything back to God.

“Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days.And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is indeed the Son of God!'” (v 19-20)

Lord, help us to live today with this level gratitude for what you have done and what you will continue to do in our lives. 

8 thoughts on “Living with Brand New Eyes

  1. David Rupert

    My mother prayed for me “without ceasing.” When things were going bad, it was always a comfort to know that “She was praying for me right now.”

    Not that she is gone, I’ve taken the mantle of being the prayer — giving visions of prayer to those who may not see

  2. tammy werthem

    Yes, Lord, I surrender all, and I give my life to serve you and your people. thanks for this awesome reminder and the powerful song choice. what a great visual, when we put our hand on our hearts and recognize He has given us His heart for others. So glad he took my hard heart and softened it, reshaping it for service in His kingdom.
    P. S. I love your heart for Jesus and others, you are awesome

  3. Chris Monahan

    I try to remember first thing to thank God for the day (which I do again at the end).
    I would do well if asking how I could serve Him was the second thing.
    Thanks for sharing … and prompting. Blessings.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Chris. Gratitude is so important and I think asking that question definitely shifts our priorities.

  4. Tammy Schaefer

    Love the title Eileen! Lately, I’ve been praying for God to give me His eyes when looking at others. Great message.


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