See What You’ve Been Missing

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My four-year-old granddaughter was getting ready for bed. After I had helped her put on her favorite Princes Poppy pajamas, she ran down the hall for one last trip to the bathroom. She made sure her water bottle was by the bed. She quickly scanned the room to pick the honored plush bedtime friend and jumped under the covers.

With a couple of hugs, tucks, and a quick prayer I kissed her goodnight.

“Now close your eyes and go to sleep, Audrey,” I whispered as I turned off the light.

Puzzled, she replied, “But if I close my eyes, I can’t see the stars.”


A Childlike Perspective

Sometimes we need a childlike perspective to remind us to appreciate life. Although our past, present, and future experiences may vary, we have a reason for being here. We have a purpose and an opportunity to live an extraordinary life with God. But if our eyes are closed, we can’t see the stars.

Audrey didn’t realize that her innocent reasoning to delay bedtime would profoundly summarize three decades of my life.


God Can Open our Spiritual Eyes

Do you close your eyes when you’re afraid? Fear of rejection kept my spiritual eyes closed for many years. I believed I wasn’t enough for my family, friends, and even God. Fear had kept me from becoming a fully surrendered woman of God, yet God didn’t give up on me. He opened my eyes.


See What You’ve Been Missing

The Apostle Paul prayed that the people of Ephesus would grow in faith and that their spiritual eyes would be enlightened.

I pray 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 his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…

Ephesians 1:18-19 New International Version

“The eyes of your heart” is a beautiful metaphor that challenges us to trust and see life from God’s perspective. It’s a reminder to see God’s love, his faithfulness, and his grace in every situation and not to let fear blind us from God’s truth.

Are your eyes closed? Is there something you don’t want to face? What have you been missing? Open your eyes, and see the stars.


Marisa Shadrick

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