Quiet Time with Jesus – Open Our Eyes, LORD!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Max Lucado (The Applause of Heaven)

A small cathedral outside Bethlehem marks the supposed birthplace of Jesus. Behind a high altar in the church is a cave, a little cavern lit by silver lamps. You can enter the main edifice and admire the ancient church. You can also enter the quiet cave where a star embedded in the floor recognizes the birth of the King. There is one stipulation, however. You have to STOOP. The door is so low you can’t go in standing up. The same is true of the Christ. You can see the world standing tall, but to witness the Savior, you have to get down on your knees.

Unquote (emphasis mine)

How lovely is Your face; How glorious is Your profile; How wonderful are Your hands; How tireless are Your legs; How desirable is Your heart …

Father, pour YOUR LOVE into our hearts that we may desire YOU in us, that we may touch a hungry soul …

I cannot imagine seeing God face to face … When Moses asked to see His face, God acceded to the request – in an amazing way.

Today, if we ask to see His face, He will show us. It may not be what we expect.

As for me, I’m usually in a daze when I encounter Jesus:

Many months ago, I saw a man acting weird and I walked FAR AWAY from him, a natural instinct especially for a woman. Then, I heard him say, “Tolong, tolong ...”

Immediately, I was convicted. “Oh Lord, I am the teacher / the priest who did not stop …” I felt so ashamed of myself! I dug into my wallet and took out money (enough to buy one lunch). I walked back to the hungry old man and gave it to him.

On Monday 9 Nov 2015, I saw the same hungry old man, at a different location. He was saying the same words, “Tolong, tolong” continuously. This time, I stopped and dug into my wallet but I had NO SMALL CHANGE … small change?

In my mind, I saw a $10 note and I was looking for a $10 note but found none. I know I have $50 notes in a separate compartment of my wallet but I thought it would be too big an amount to give the hungry old man. So, I shook my head and he shook his - sadly. We went separate ways.

I was not happy at all. I walked into Chinatown Point, took out a $50 note and bought a Delifrance meal and went back to look for the hungry old man. I looked into the faces of numerous elderly man. They looked back at me, puzzled. I could not find my hungry old man. But my legs kept walking …

And I walked right into my good friend’s office nearby. I gave her the lunch and started to explain why I was there. I could hardly tell my story because two words came out of my mouth and it triggered her memory – two words that were important to her – two words that needed attention and action.

It was not as serious as saving a life but it was amazing enough for me. God had used me! 

What an honour! My heart was full of joy! My mouth could not stop praising God!

As I meditate on what had happened, it dawned on me how much He loves my friend and her family …

My Bible teacher once said, “Every life is important to God. Go and touch a life.”

 

 

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Thank You for using me. Help me to recognize Your hand in my daily life. Open my eyes LORD! I want to see You.

Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me food.” Was that You, Lord?

You are awesome! You give ‘OTJ’ training!

Song
Open The Eyes Of My Heart - Michael W. Smith

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord; Open the eyes of my heart; I want to see You; I want to see You;

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord; Open the eyes of my heart; I want to see You; I want to see You;

To see You high and lifted up; Shining in the light of Your glory; Pour out Your power and love; As we sing holy, holy, holy;

Holy, holy, holy; Holy, holy, holy; Holy, holy, holy; I want to see You;

Lord, I have seen You with my heart; May I continue to see You … Amen!

We don’t have to be so busy rushing around doing this and doing that. God can be found anywhere, and everywhere.

Open the eyes of our heart, Lord; We want to see You.
Amen.

Lam Yee Ling

Not my will but Yours be done. Amen.