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Have you ever closed your eyes while walking? You could be taking a hike in the mountains or walking along the beach side but the entire time you can’t see anything. Maybe you’re walking in a beautiful downtown area with impressive displays in the windows but your eyes are closed. You have no idea what is around you.
It would be ridiculous to keep your eyes closed during these experiences. Not only could you hurt yourself because you have no clue what is around you but you could be missing out on a lot of things.
I’ve caught myself walking around blind but with my eyes open. I’m in my own little world, walking to the step of my own beat. I believe that my life is chaotic & busy and that taking time out to reflect is not achievable because I don’t “have” the time.
Sometimes I intentionally sleepwalk through life because there are some things that I just don’t want to do. Like confronting people or being grace to those who have hurt me. I’d much rather not do anything about it so I walk past the situation and act like it never happened.
I pray, “Lord, show me You’re with me!” but my eyes are closed to my surroundings & what He is intentionally placed before me.
You know that saying, “Stop and smell the roses”? My heart aches for this because I haven’t stopped to examine or view the yardstick of my life.
I’m sleepwalking through life.
I don’t stop and look where I’m at in life because I’m anxious about the future. I don’t stop and look around to see the broken hearts because I’m worried about my single-ness & where Prince Charming is going to show up. I don’t stop and enjoy creation because I’ve told myself I have no time.
I have been sleepwalking through hundreds of experiences/landmarks which God has placed right in front of me.
“She’ll love this!”
“I want to use her here.”
“I want her to sit down and enjoy this moment.”
“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!”-1 Samuel 12:16
We are given one life. One life to enjoy every moment, every sunrise/sunset, & every experience to know God more intimately (This list goes on!)
It’s really cool to think that God has placed things in our life because He knows that we would love it, be inspired by it, & be used by it.
I pray that we open up our eyes to where we are in life and that we take it all in. I pray that our sleepwalking in life will come to a halt and that we fall in love with the season of our lives. Let our prayer be, “Lord, open my eyes.”
“Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders. I’m a stranger in these parts; give me clear directions. My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!—insatiable for your nourishing commands. And those who think they know so much, ignoring everything you tell them—let them have it. Don’t let them mock and humiliate me; I’ve been careful to do just what you said. While bad neighbors maliciously gossip about me, I’m absorbed in pondering your wise counsel. Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight; I listen to them as to good neighbors!”-Psalm 119:17-24 (The Message)