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Posted by admin7 on October 30, 2012

Just had a Kairos moment - one where I "found" or just saw something I was looking for yesterday.  It was sitting right there in front of me for hours - in plain view.  For some reason, I did not see it yesterday or remember that it was right there - in the corner - in plain sight. 

This object, an oil-filled space heater, has been in the same location for months.  With the advent of Hurricane Sandy, I needed a space heater to quickly heat up a cold room.  However, for some reason, I just did not "see" it sitting there in the corner.  As it were, my eyes were closed to the heater and I was wearing sunglasses that prevented me from seeing them.  The heater was there, but I did not see or recognize it.  Consequently I did not use it.

It's amazing how we can get accustomed to having certain things / assets / abilities that even in a time of need, we are not able to make use of them because we "forget" that they exist.  We fail to "find" them - and consequently do not use them.  We do not adequately recognize them.  We fall short because we come up empty - not because of a lack of assets or internal abilities - but because of a lack of appropriate sight or recognition.

Making the most of opportunities and assets requires that we take inventory and are quick to maximize the use of everything we are and have.  May we have "opened eyes" to see, recognize, tap into and use the best of our resources.  May we be able to recognize opportunities and appropriately respond to them.  May we have opened eyes to see...

Below are the words of a song I learnt way back at Baughman Memorial UMC church:  May we have opened eyes, ears and mouths!

1. Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

2. Open my ears, that I may hear
voices of truth thou sendest clear;
and while the wave notes fall on my ear,
everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

3. Open my mouth, and let me bear
gladly the warm truth everywhere;
open my heart and let me prepare
love with thy children thus to share.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Text: Clara H. Scott, 1841-1897