“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 36:9; 119:18
I sat facing a window this morning, and as the sun awoke, it reflected off my diamond ring, splashing tiny jeweled rainbows all over the pages of scripture, delighting my senses. Within moments, the great light that rules the day had shifted the tiniest bit and the twinkles disappeared. What a vivid picture of the gems the Holy Spirit makes pop out of God’s word when we take time to read, the beautiful truths, comforts, assurances, rays of hope, promises, nuggets of wisdom, confirmations, clear answers when we ask God for the light of understanding. We must be present, open-hearted, looking and listening intently, savoring the moment in the ancient words, or the insight may pass by.
Heavenly light adds much to what we take in of the Scriptures. Without it, our minds can be dull, our hearts unmoved. Interruptions can break concentration, distractions steal sweet thoughts, never to be retrieved. I regret the times I have been on a treasure hunt and stopped half-way, that exploration aborted by some stray thought or task that veered me off course and on an endless detour. When I pause to ask for illumination, and take time and attention to focus, the Lord always comes through with some precious jewel, a perfect truth for that day or situation.
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:1-6
Holy Spirit, open my eyes to see and absorb all the delights You have for me in Your word. May I treasure them for the value they hold, eternal words that are the foundation of my soul, a shining light to my path. Teach me new facets of You, Your colors and resplendence and glory, every time I open Your good book. Keep me in the moment, to treasure all You have to convey, to carry me through all You know is ahead. (Exodus 33:13,18; Psalm 119:105; Luke 6:47-48)