Eyes of your heart

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

Ephesians 1:18

 

HOPE is a big word.  — An outright definition is;  to desire, to trust-, to look forward to, to anticipate, to believe. 

In our human beginnings hope is self centered. As infants,  we anticipate the milk that will sooth our hunger.  As children, we hope for the toy we want most to be under the tree on Christmas morning. We hope that our parents will not notice the pile of dirty laundry we hid under our bed. We hope to win the race, or award, or affections of the one we admire.  As our world expands so does our hope. We hope for a good job, a successful career, a faithful partner, a loving marriage,  healthy, happy children, and  so on.  I would be willing to bet that 100% of us hope for world peace and an end to all illness.  

But here is the thing– Where did this idea of hope come from?  It is not taught, it is not a physical attribute of chemistry of our DNA, it is not learned from observation or caused by evolution. Hope is one of the many things written into our very being from the beginning of life.  It is a gift. A wonderful, glorious gift. A gift that gives great power to those that use it  and it is given to us by our creator.  

 

 

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We can choose to ignore the hope in our hearts and fall into despair. It is easy to let go and fall into that pit of  darkness. I have been there.  I know how hopeless feels. There was a time when I thought that nothing could pull me from the grip of my great sadness. But in the darkest darkness there was a tiny light, like a door cracked partly open– a faint and tiny beam that made me look upward. The eyes of my heart saw hope. I grabbed on to that door and opened it. I didn’t know where I was going, but I trusted the light and followed it one step at a time.  I am still following that light and still taking only one step at a time, learning and growing stronger everyday with every step.  God has called me to a greater power than that of despair. He has given me the certainty that the door will always be there. All I have to do is open the eyes of my heart and see the light shining through.  He is calling you too. 

I pray that in your darkness, you can see the light of hope. Be brave! Look for the light! Open the door! Open the eyes of your heart and see what God has for you!   

I promise it is worth it! 

 

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