Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Forty Days of Proclamation: Look
“Then you will LOOK and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy.” Isaiah 60:5
It was in the midst of experiencing severe eye pain and sight issues in late 2019, that I realized I needed help with more than my physical vision. I was moving too quickly through life to stop and see God at work, give thanks for his works and share his works with others. I needed to stop, LOOK and listen.
When God directed me to his promises in Isaiah 60:5, my heart’s immediate desire was to be filled with joy and share his miracles, love and light with others so they would know, see and love him like I do. I needed to “focus” on my spiritual vision to LOOK for God’s presence all around me and in all circumstances…like never before. He was preparing me for what was to come in 2020.
All throughout the year, even in the midst of the pandemic, adversities and challenges, I remind myself to LOOK for God’s direction and his goodness. I have prayed for Him to give me eyes to see clearly and to keep my focus on Him. He continues to remind me of his constant presence and his calling to LOOK all around- “even at the birds of the air …and lilies of the field” (Matthew 6:26-28) and learn from the world he created as well as from His words.
My 2020 focus to “LOOK” is helping me to:
Be watchful and have fresh eyes to see what God is doing and can do
Look for answered prayers and give praise
See and claim God’s promises which are all still alive today
Look to see how to overcome evil with goodness
Watch for God moments and miracles; and proclaim his goodness
Look intentionally for how God desires to use me and help others
Look up and live!
Someone recently shared with me that “20/20 is considered perfect vision. Maybe God is using 2020 for us to see clearly that He’s in charge and the only one who can help us!”
I am thankful to God for his continued restoration of sight (physically and spiritually) so that my eyes will be fully opened to all that He has in store for me and others. His goodness and direction are there, often right in front of us. We must- LOOK up!
Further reading: Genesis 13:14; Isaiah 45:22; Ezekiel 40:4; Habakkuk 1:5; Mark 8:25
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am thankful you have called us to “Come and see what you have done”, for your works are awesome indeed (Psalm 66:5). Please forgive me for the times I looked the other way. I want to open my eyes wide and be in attention to all that you are showing me. I believe you are doing something in each of our days on this earth; and I don’t’ want to miss a beat. Open my heart and my ears so that I hear you say, “LOOK up, child”….AND then my heart will swell with joy.
In your son’s name I pray.