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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Have you ever taken a hike in the country? What did you see? Trees? Birds? Mountains? Streams? Flowers? How about a walk in the city? What did you see? Tall buildings? Shops? People? Cars? What do you see right now? Stained glass windows? A choir? Other children? The pastor?
Having good eyesight is a wonderful gift. In addition to good eyesight, there is one other important thing that we must have to be able to see. Do you know what it is? Yes, it’s light.
Our eyes are a very complex part of our body. Light must come in through the window of your eye. The colored part of your eye and the dark center of your eye both adjust the amount of light that is let into your eye. You also have a lens in your eye similar to what you would find in a camera and that lens focuses the light. All of this happens so that you are able to see.
There is a wonderful story in the Bible about a man who was born blind. He had never been able to see. Jesus spat upon the ground and made mud which he put on the blind man’s eyes. He then told the man to, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (9:7). The man did what Jesus asked him to do and was able to see.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (9:5). The life of Jesus gives us the light we need to be able to see love and truth and beauty. Take time to notice and really see all the beautiful things around you. Take time also to think about what Jesus, “the light of the world” helps you see.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan