Floodlights and Spotlights

For several days I keep hearing a phrase from Ephesians 1:18  "that the eyes of your understanding would be opened". Several thoughts arose as I think about these few words Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus.  In order to open something there must first be something that is closed.  Just picture walking through life with your eyes closed.  Think how that would affect every aspect of your life.  I want the eyes of my understanding to be opened in every area of my life.  Try walking through even a familiar room in the dark.  Stubbed toes, bruised hips or smashed noses often occur and that might happen just trying to get to the door!  This is in the natural realm, but what about in the emotional or spiritual realm?  We walk handicapped when we only walk with partial understanding.  


For eyes to work there needs to be light.  Learning to walk with His enlightenment is imperative that we may know the hope of His calling in our lives.  The other day one of the floor lamps in my sister's living room stopped working.  They brought in a floor lamp from a less used bedroom.  This was a tall halogen light.  They were amazed at how much brighter and clearer their ability to see at night.  Many people live with dim clarity of their calling.  They know they have a call, but with the "worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come and choke the word, making it unfruitful." Mark 4:19  It is time to stir up the gifts God has given us and to walk in the light of His word.  

Sometimes we have spot light vision, where we get focused on one smaller aspect and miss the bigger picture.  Unless we grow in grace and in His understanding our spot light vision can turn into tunnel vision.  

We also need flood light vision.  Flood lights are important for seeing the bigger picture.   God desires us to learn to see our lives from an eternal perspective.  In terms of our calling, it will help us walk through the seeming paradoxes of life here on earth.  It will help us see that we can become less to become more, to be a servant will bring us into leadership and to die daily is to actually come alive.  These are things that we must have His understanding in order to fully embrace His Word in these areas.

Finally God desires that our understanding be enlightened about His love for us.  When we know and comprehend His love, it is much easier for us to face any areas He shows us where our understanding has been dark.  I believe the Holy Spirit wants to enlighten our understanding in every area of our lives.  This can be where some of the speck vs beam areas are revealed.  Then of course we must decide to walk in our new light, or not.  Every time the Lord reveals new understanding in my life and I choose to walk in that revelation, my life is always improved.  It may be in my understanding of others, situations or their responses to me, my understanding of myself or my circumstances.  And it may be difficult, but it is always good.  His revelations add value to my life and help me to grow with others.