What It Takes to Open the Eyes

My son Tim came bounding into the room; he couldn’t contain his excitement as he happily announced, “Mom, the rabbits’ eyes are open! The rabbits’ eyes are open!” He was jumping up and down and his eyes sparkled. I became excited, too, as together we cheered. Then, he grabbed my cell phone and before I could ask why, he was off.

He came back with a fresh video he took of the rabbits, focusing on their open eyes. As we viewed it, I could hear his recorded whisper, full of wonder and almost reverently, “Their eyes… they have opened their eyes.”

I marvelled at the wonder of it all: my son’s awe and the rabbits’ opened eyes.

Why would an adult like me be caught in the wonder of the moment? It is our first time ever to have a pet who gave birth. Our kids’ rabbit, Sophie (one of their bunnies that we gave last Easter), gave birth to a litter of 6 and 5 survived. The whole family was so excited about this event.

About 2 weeks passed and the baby rabbits’ eyes remained tightly shut. They groped as they played around in their cage. One day I told the family that it seemed they weren’t going to open their eyes anymore at all, and Hannah said incredulously, “Of course not, Mom!” That’s why when the day finally came that they opened their eyes to the world – it was to us a marvellous moment.

And isn’t it a wondrous moment for heaven, when a lost soul finally opens its eyes to the truth, that all the host rejoices? (Luke 15:10)

The opening of our eyes – it’s the work of God. It is a miracle. It. Is. Pure. Amazing. Grace.

How does one receive this grace? That in one glorious moment, one is able to really see at last? See and understand that what one does is sin and offends God? That the true Gospel of salvation is the hope of the world? That God is holy and one must serve Him in holiness? That Jesus Christ is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no one receives eternal life but through Him? That giving one’s life to Him is the best thing one could ever do with this one life?

How does one poor soul whose eyes the “god of this world” has blinded see the truth of God (2 Cor. 4:4), that He is to be worshiped in spirit and in truth (John 4:23), when one’s eyes are focused on what is seen, and worship the thing that was created instead of the Creator (Rom. 1:25)?

How does one see that the person who’s leading him or her is as blind as he or she is? That without the enduring mercy of God, they will both fall into the ditch? (See Matthew 15:14).

It takes tons of unrelenting, unceasing prayers with fasting.

It takes a life surrendered to God and set aside for the Gospel. It takes a lifetime sacrifice of the man – pastor – called, anointed, and sent by God (Jer. 3:15) “to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant” (Jer. 1:10).

It takes the concerted prayers of the true Church of the living God (Acts 1:14).

But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. (Acts 6:4)

This is what it takes: Give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. When we pray and minister, we’re giving our own selves – mind, body and spirit surrendered to His will. What a noble way to give!

Yes, and all this – ALL THIS IS HIS GRACE! It is all His mighty power working in and through us.

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12 comments on “What It Takes to Open the Eyes

  1. It took awhile to understand the degree to which God gives and withholds vision but, like Mary at the tomb on Sunday morning, we are dependent upon Him for the time and place to finally see.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, Mrs. P., I’ve also pondered on these things: why there are people whose eyes remain unopened despite having heard the Gospel many times. Only God knows. But what we can do: give ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word, and He’ll do the rest.

  2. SWEET!!! Thanks for sharing this, Rina!

  3. I constantly need God to “open my eyes”!

  4. What a great analogy! We too should be just as excited when our eyes are opened to God’s truth and love for us.

  5. Bringing someone else to the realization that they too can have salvation through Jesus Christ is such a momentous moment. Your story is moving and encouraging. Thank you for sharing.

  6. vicky says:

    Praising God with you for Open Eyes!

  7. Joan says:

    The day I first opened my eyes was wonderful, for on that day I first realized that God wanted a relationship with me. To me, that was amazing! And…I’ve been on a fantastic journey with Him ever since! Blessings, Joan

  8. pinkishgal says:

    Reblogged this on pinkishgal and commented:
    I must constantly open my eyes♥

  9. pinkishgal says:

    Open the eyes of my heart Lord..
    I wanna see you♫♪♫♪♫

  10. Charlotte says:

    This reminds me of the song “Open my eyes that I may see”. Amen. It is so important for us to open our eyes. Love the example of the baby rabbits opening their eyes.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  11. jean says:

    Praise God for opening our eyes to salvation!…
    Thank God our internet connection is back..It’s always a blessing every time i visit and read your blogs from the LORD..God bless you more with your gift in writing and sharing…Good health to your family also…

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