Praying for Eyes to See

by Kathryn Day

A friend recently told me, with tears of joy in her eyes, about the Lord’s kindness to her in the midst of a hard providence. As I listened to her recount God’s goodness in seemingly small things, the Lord sweetly reminded me of just how particularly He cares for His people. Being part of the family of God brings showers of blessings, one of which is that we have a Savior who intimately knows and cares for His sheep. “I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep,” John 10:17. Psalm 139 lays out in detail how completely our God knows us. “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, O LORD.

But more than just knowing His flock, the Lord loves His flock and loves to show particular care for each of His sheep. A parking space found close to the grocery store entrance on a rainy day is not just good luck. Arriving at the doctor’s office, uneasy about your upcoming appointment, and seeing a good friend sitting in the waiting room to talk with and encourage you is not just a coincidence. And what about suddenly remembering to take the spaghetti sauce out of the freezer before leaving for work one morning? It did not happen by chance! The Lord delights in seemingly small blessings because He desires us to see how particular His care is for us. He doesn’t miss a detail.

As my friend told me how the Lord had encouraged her in the midst of suffering she quickly added that she was only able to recount such mercies because the Lord had given her the eyes to see them. He allowed her to look back on all the “little things” and see them as tender mercies, handcrafted especially for her. As Christians, we know the Lord cares for us every moment of every day, but do we always see the particulars of His care? Does your heart pause in thanksgiving when you see evidences of God’s tenderness to you? Perhaps a prayer to start praying for yourself and for your family is that the Lord would open your eyes to see His tender mercies in your life every day, and that by seeing, your heart would turn to praise. And by God’s grace, as our children see us pausing to recognize God’s kindness and care, they too will begin to realize more and more how much the Lord loves and cares for them too.