The devotional below by William Johnsson from his book, ‘Jesus’, seems appropriate at this point in time for me, having struggled with cataracts on both eyes for a few months, reading at times with a magnifying glass while wearing my reading glasses. We take our sight for granted until we find ourselves restricted from recognising people we know until close up, from reading or watching some favourite activity and restricted from driving because that sense of distance has become impeded and pedestrians become blurred images. I have just had the cataract from my right eye removed a few days ago and now waiting to have the cataract removed from the left eye but already there is an enormous difference in what I can see. What value our eyes, and what a wonder of nature is the human eye.
So when my wife read ‘EACH LIGHT-FILLED HOUR’ by William Johnsson, I took that extra interest:
Oh, how sweet the light of day, and how wonderful to live in the sunshine! Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted. Take delight in each light-filled hour. Eccl. 11:7, 8, Message
Taken alone, anyone could utter these words from Ecclesiastes. Even a pagan might give praise to the gods and goddesses of nature.
But these words do not stand alone. They come in the context of the writer’s “Honour and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young” (Eccl. 12:1, Message) and his closing words: “The last and final word is this: Fear God. Do what He tells you” (verse 13, Message).
God makes all the difference. When we know Him as Creator and Redeemer, as our personal Friend and Lord, we look out on His creation through grace-filled eyes.
And how rapturously beautiful is that creation! Marred and defaced by the effects of sin, it nevertheless bears the stamp of a beneficent Maker.
I love the light. I love the dawn’s first gleaming; the early rays reflecting off lake and mountain and surf; the full-throttled power of midday; the soft light of the gloaming.
I love the gentle coolness of the moon, the silent wonder of the stars. On an island in the antipodes, far from city lights, I lay on my back and gazed amazed at the startling clarity of the Milky Way and the Southern Cross.
If the sun or the moon or the stars rose only once a year, everyone would turn out to witness the event. So as the wise man said: “Don’t take a single day for granted.”
This world is incredibly beautiful, this life incredibly wonderful. I want to take delight in each light-filled hour.
On a morning walk in the park, Noelene and I saw a bluebird sitting on a pole only feet away. This shy little chap didn’t move as we stood and watched. Then another bluebird flew by, and another, and another. Then two males went by in tandem, their majestic colours brilliant in the light. For an enchanted moment it seemed as if we were surrounded by bluebirds.
“A moment of grace,” whispered Noelene. What a way to start the day!
Lord, may I look out on Your world today through grace-filled eyes. Show me the wonder of Your world and the beauty of Your people
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