To stare at sin, our own or another’s, is to stop staring at our Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
To stare at wounds, our own or another’s, is to stop staring at our Lord Jesus, who is the Great Physician.
To stare at injustice, our own or another’s, is to stop staring at our Lord Jesus, the Great I Am, who shall one day judge all things.
Lord Jesus, give me eyes to stare only at you. Please blur my peripheral vision for sin and wounds and injustice. Let me be immersed in the oceans of your great Satisfaction to the Father. Let me hear only your voice as it caresses me in tender grace.
Father, let me rest in the sure knowledge that you have chosen me, a poor and needy person, to be your child. Let me rest in the comfort that you are my Sovereign, and that you will always out-play my weak and sinful and childish hand. I will rest in calmness at your great commitment to me… for underneath, above and through all of that commitment is your commitment to your dear Son. You have made a covenant with my Lord Jesus, and you have promised to save to the uttermost all of your chosen ones.
Holy Spirit of God, I know that you will open my heart to receive these truths. I rest, knowing that you will do inside me what I cannot do myself… a changing of my heart and vision. Turn my gaze heavenward. Break through my fears and create in me a restful heart of faith in God’s faithfulness and love.