Close to See

Have you ever wondered why we close our eyes to kiss, meditate, or visualize? The answer is simple—we close so we can see. With our eyes closed, we are better able to focus and our sense of touch, smell, and hearing become more perceptive.

My cousin Kenny has an eye disease that is drastically decreasing his vision. Recently, he decided to seek radical training to learn Braille.

Since Kenny still has some sight, the instructor provided him with special goggles that sealed out all the light. He had to be blind to learn to rely totally on his other senses.

Kenny said that the classes included woodworking. And yes, that the instructors are blind!

His story of shutting out his limited vision to see in a new way, reminded me that this concept is also taught in the Scriptures. Shutting out the world around us is a relevant way of gaining greater spiritual clarity in prayer.

We can talk to God anytime, anywhere, with our eyes wide open or closed. However, there are new insights that we can gain by shutting out circumstances—that are overriding our thoughts—thus encouraging our inner spiritual discernment to take the lead.

Time spent in this place of solitude will be evidenced by our greater inner vision, confidence, and creativity. We can develop a lifestyle of relying on—and hearing from—God for direction.

Kenny needed sealed goggles to make the light go away. We too can create a block and break from daily distractions—and focus on—and experience life in a new and more fulfilling way.

Jesus said, “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you(Matthew 6:6 NASB)

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