Fanny Crosby was one of the most prolific and influential hymn writers of the 19th century, penning literally thousands of hymns. Her work includes such favorites as “Blessed Assurance” and “To God be the Glory.” Crosby was also blind.
Once a preacher lamented to her that the Lord did not give her sight when He had given her so many other gifts. To which she replied, “Do you know if at birth I would have been able to make one petition, it would have been that I should be born blind. For when I get to heaven the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be my savior!”
At age 8 she wrote this poem that she said was the motto of her life:
O what a happy soul am I!Although I cannot see,I am resolved that in this worldContented I will be;
How many blessings I enjoyThat other people don’t!To weep and sigh because I’m blind,I cannot, and I won’t.
Though her physical eyes could not see, she was still seeing better than most. For her spiritual eyes had really been on Jesus from the beginning. It reminds me of what Jesus said when He chastised those who had eyes to see, but could not see; who had ears to hear, but could not hear (Mark 8:18).
In our Scripture reading today Jesus said, “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.” (Verses 22-23). The point is clear spiritual vision verses blurred spiritual vision. If our sight is set on earthly things and earthly pleasures it will distort our spiritual perspective and corrupt our spiritual state. On the other hand, if we are seeking the things of God, putting Him first and loving Him most, it will give life to our souls!
It is easy to allow our eyes to set on earthy things. It can come in the form of misplaced priorities or misplaced anxieties. We spend our time looking at our desires or our problems. And the inevitable result is that we get pulled off track. Our fleshly priorities take us hostage and our problems only seem to grow.
The cure for both temptations is found in Matthew 6:33 where Jesus challenges us to set our eyes Him and His kingdom. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you…” (Verse 33-34).
Keeping our eyes on Jesus puts our priorities in place and our worries in perspective. Keeping our eyes on Jesus guides us through the tumult of life. Keeping our eyes on Jesus will ensure us safe arrival at home.
Prayer: Lord, help me see you more clearly in everything I do and everywhere I go.