Eyes Wide Open

By Andrea Harris

A few weeks ago, in our 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday morning class, we were reading about Saul’s experience on the road to Damascus. The kids are doing a great job of learning to find our memory verse or our story in the Bible and also in practicing to read it. One of the students asked what it meant when it said that something like scales fell off of Saul’s eyes. This led to a discussion of contact lenses as I explained that the lenses I wear help me see better, but what was on Saul’s eyes caused him to be blind. 

One of the students was quite distracted by the thought of actually putting something in your eye.  He cringed at the thought and asked me, with an amazed, or perhaps disgusted tone, “do you have them in your eyes right now?” Oh, the wonders of modern day medicine and technology. Oh, the delight of working with kids who are so free to express themselves without inhibition! That is my delight on a regular basis as I teach piano and Sunday morning classes. I find I’m often amused by what kids will say or ask. In the 1950s, Art Linkletter showcased the delights of kids saying whatever was on their minds, and kids haven’t changed in all these years! 

But I’m also sometimes challenged. We talked that morning about the fact that Saul thought he was doing what God wanted when he was persecuting the Christians. He did not understand that Jesus really was the Son of God. It wasn’t until after he heard God’s voice and experienced the trauma of helpless blindness that he began to understand the truth of who Jesus really was. Then his eyes were opened.

When I read the gospel accounts of Jesus’ time on earth, it’s easy to be critical of the disciples and others who heard His teaching and saw Him face to face. How could they fail to understand that He was not just a good teacher when He fed more than 5,000 people with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish, He walked on water, and He healed many? It seemed that some people followed Him just to see what He could do, to see what they could get out of it. When His teaching became hard to understand, or sounded like it would cost them something, they turned away (John 6:60, 66).  The eyes of their hearts were closed.

It's easy for me to have scales covering my eyes when it comes to seeing myself accurately and seeing others as God sees them. Sometimes my understanding of God, His Word, and His ways can be clouded as if my spiritual vision is limited.

Thankfully, God has promised us His Spirit to instruct us and guide us into all truth (John 16:13). I pray that my spiritual eyes will be wide open, with clear vision, ready to see the truth that God has to show me. How are your spiritual eyes?