I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened. (Eph. 1:18)
Many children enjoy playing with Mr. Potato Head—a toy potato with a variety of interchangeable parts, such as eyes, ears, noses, and mustaches, that children can use to make their own version of Mr. Potato Head. However, Mr. Potato Head never seems to be assembled correctly. Each tot pulls the personified tater out of his package and begins to reassemble Mr. Head in strange ways. Lips go on the top of the head. Moustaches go in eye sockets. Finally, the appendages reappear as facial protrusions. It never fails.
Sometimes it seems as though God looks at us like a Mr. Potato Head. According to Ephesians 1, your heart has eyes: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” (v. 18).
The heart needs this enlightenment. When your heart sees your friends and family, you too often see despair, not hope; your heart sees sin, not holiness. But when God puts his eyes in your heart socket, you see that you and they are “called” to hope; you have a holy “inheritance” in God (v. 18).
If only we would open the eyes of our heart to see, we would pursue this hopeful calling, and we would have this holy inheritance. This would restore painful relationships, so we might see people and know the glorious riches we have because of them.
See others with the eyes of your heart and never stop giving thanks for them.
David Drury is a multivocational second-chair leader, org founder, church planter, author, researcher for author Max Lucado, and previous chief of staff for The Wesleyan Church headquarters.
© 2021 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.