One day Elisha and his servant woke up to find the house they were in surrounded by an army of enemy soldiers. His servant panicked and asked, ‘What are we going to do?’ So Elisha prayed, ‘Lord, open his eyes so that he may see’ (2 Kings 6:17 NIV). Suddenly he saw their enemies surrounded by an even bigger army of angels.
On their way home to Emmaus, Cleopas and his companion were heartbroken because Jesus, the one they had placed their hopes in, had been crucified and buried. Out of nowhere a stranger joined them on their journey and, when they reached home, they invited him to stay for supper. As he prayed a blessing over their meal, the eyes of Cleopas and his companion were opened and they recognised that the stranger was none other than Jesus himself (Luke 24:13-35).
A man on a train kept gazing out the window and saying, ‘Wonderful; just wonderful!’ What was he looking at? Run-down apartment buildings and rubbish spilling over onto the pavement! After hearing him say, ‘Wonderful!’ a number of times the lady beside him remarked, ‘It doesn’t look too wonderful to me.’ In reply, the man said, ‘I’ve been blind for the past thirty years, but through the skill of a surgeon, the generosity of a donor, and a corneal transplant, I’ve been given the gift of two new eyes. For me, everything I see is wonderful.’
Gratitude is every believer’s appropriate daily response to the greatest miracle God has performed – removing our sin and bringing spiritual light and freedom. As we journey on, may our prayer be… ‘Lord, open our eyes to the wonder of You and all of Your many blessings even as we gaze into the chaos of a fallen world’