by Karen Wingate
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22–23 NIV
Before the surgery that gave me never-before eyesight, I saw a projection clock advertised in an online catalogue. Perfect! It was the whiz-bang gift my husband would like; I might be able to see the projected numbers, and we would both enjoy knowing the morning temperature first thing without accessing our smart phones.
As soon as it arrived, Jack immediately set it up. We lay on the bed together, staring at the ceiling.
“Can you see it?”
“Well . . .” I couldn’t. “Let’s try again after dark.”
Night came. All I saw was a brown tinge. I got pouty. “Happy early birthday,” I grumbled. “It’s all yours.”
After surgery, I spent my days discovering all those things I had never seen before. But I didn’t think about the clock until one morning, several months after the surgery. I woke to a quiet house. A bright red blur glowed above my head.
I wonder . . .
I put on my glasses. 6:45 a.m. 65 degrees. Jack stirred, and I grabbed his hand. “Hey, you, I can read the clock.”
Fully awake, he rolled over, telling me to read what I saw. We lay there for five minutes with me reading the numbers every time they changed. He chuckled and I cried.
Now, every morning, the first thing I see when I open my eyes are those red numbers, and I remember how God gave me new eyesight. I exhale and whisper, Thank you, God, for eyes to see clock numbers. It’s become a ritual to snuggle in the warmth of early morning blankets and revel in the miracle.
My red glow has become a kind of memorial, like the stones Joshua, Moses’s successor, gave to the Israelites after they crossed the Jordan River on dry ground. When later generations would ask about the meaning of the stones, the people were to tell the story of God’s rescue and redemption (Joshua 4:1–9).
My gratitude for every-morning eyesight was spontaneous and heartfelt. But I possessed other lifetime gifts that deserved equal praise. I got a red glow of an idea. What could I thank God for each morning?
- A lone dove call sounding over the air conditioner’s hum. Thank you, God, that I can hear.
- Blanket fuzzies surrounding my early morning with warmth. Thank you that I own a blanket.
- What would I fix for breakfast? Thank you for food in our fridge and strength in my hands to prepare meals.
- Jack let out an extra loud snort. Thank you for this dear one who has shared life with me.
Each morning turned into praise points for what I had instead of a litany of wishes for what I didn’t have.
What could act as your morning trumpet call to worship? You’re sure to find something worth mentioning, for the whole earth is filled with God’s wonders. Psalm 65:8 says, “Where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy” (NIV). The item that calls forth your song of joy can become the first of many gratitude prompts that remind you of God’s lavish love, never-ending faithfulness, and incredible goodness.
What a way to start the day.
Lord, I want to keep my eyes open to all you’ve given me and done for me. May your Holy Spirit reveal the signs of your faithfulness each morning so I can praise you once again.
Taken from With Fresh Eyes© Copyright 2021 by Karen Wingate. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
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About the Author: Karen Wingate loves to see the world, whether a visit to her grandson, or a hike through the mountains surrounding her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. A children’s ministry worker and Bible study leader for over 30 years, Karen writes for Proverbs 31 Ministry’s Encouragement for Today devotional, and she blogs at www.karenwingate.com.
Karen’s book, With Fresh Eyes: 60 Insights into the Miraculously Ordinary from a Woman Born Blind, winner of the ECPA Christian book award, invites you to discover a world you’ve never seen before. You’ll find hope and wonder as you take a fresh look at what God has done and what He has promised to do for each of us.
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