by Pastor Doc Adkins
Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. Psalm 25:15
It is finally warming up around here and I’ve been noticing all the little bugs and insects around. I also noticed some days ago when I was at our camp in Hinton that a summer creature you see a lot around the river is the “dragon fly”. That peculiar looking thing with two sets of wings, a long skinny body and BIG EYES! REALLY BIG EYES! They are funny looking creatures to say the least. I am not sure what purpose they have except when they land on the water in the river…fish love them.
I’ve read that their sight encompasses basically 360 degrees and that they can see everything at most angles.
I wish I could see like that, especially those things that seem to sneak up on me and sideswipe me.
There are things I wish I could have seen coming. I know there are things that as Christians we should watch out for so we don’t get off track in our daily living. We need to have our eyes wide open like a dragonfly.
Eyes Open to Understanding.
If we would keep our eyes open to understanding the Lord, just think how much better we would get to know Him.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. Ephesians 1:17, 18
Eyes Open to the Word.
I guess if we had our eyes wide open to what God’s Word says, we’d learn more and be better to handle those things that get into our view.
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. Psalm 119:148
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalm 119:18
Eyes Open to Temptation.
Just think how much smoother our lives would be if we were constantly on guard for this one. We know we are supposed to be on our toes for it to come sneaking in but sometimes it’s there right in front of us before we see it.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
Eyes Open to God’s Help.
We get into these situations and our eyes are bugging out because here comes trouble. How much better we could handle it if we constantly had our eyes on God and were really relying on the Lord.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Psalms 121:1
Without that 360 degree sight, dragonflies wouldn’t be able to be ready to make the quick maneuvers that they need to make in midair. I think that when we keep our eyes wide open to certain things, we are better able to maneuver too. We are better able to handle all those things that come sailing into our view.
All in all, I think we need to keep our eyes on the Lord because He’s the One who sees all. The Lord can see up ahead where we can’t and that’s a nice fact to rest in. He can see behind us where we may have missed something. He can also help us handle those things that come whizzing past us.
So, maybe God created these little strange creatures like the ‘dragon fly ’just to teach us to keep our eyes wide open for Him to show us our way in life, too.