Blink, Blink, What Do I See?
God has been the first to counsel us to stay in the present. He has given us our 5 senses to bless us, that we might use them for His glory and our benefit. He has also given us our imaginations, so that we might think about that which is lovely and of good report. Remember, ANYTHING can be had for good or evil.
Many have been drawn to the “New Age” movements because they didn’t really understand the gospel of Jesus Christ, His wise counsel in His Word and the power He has to offer us through the Holy Spirit. So these groups thinking they have come up with something new tell us to be in the present, the Now. When really all they need to do is read God’s Word. He says:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Isaiah 43:18
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”1 Peter 2:10
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
So why is it that so many Christians are living in the past? They live in their pain, in their bitterness or resentment. We have been given many tools in order to help us get out of our problems and into the joy of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10). Many of us do not even use that which we have been given. How many really look at the flowers? Do you take the time to stop and smell them? Touch them? What senses are you using for God’s glory? Are they all used for your own pleasure and glory? Pause and take a moment to think if you are praising God for the sense of Taste, Sight, Hearing, Feeling and Smelling?
For this exercise alone we use our mind and our sight. You can also use your internal “sight” if you happen to lack this sense.
If at anytime you catch yourself thinking back to the past, or even to a future fear for that matter, do this exercise: Blink your eyes, Blink them again- this is like a reprogram, a computer reboot, then ask yourself “What do I (see)?” It could be anything, a flower, a green plant, a colorful shirt, someone laughing, really stick to the basics, do not read into anything. This will allow your mind to come back to the NOW where God can speak to you. He can share with you His many beautiful creations. Your feelings of gratitude will begin to line up with what you are actually seeing, instead of what you are thinking.
Remember, “Blink, Blink, What Do I See?”