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Close your eyes

What happens when you close your eyes? What do you see? Who do you see? When I close my eyes, I see my community, my friends, and my family. I see peace, prosperity, protection.

What do I see?

Image result for forest of cherry treesOnce in a while, I won’t see these things. Instead I will see nothing, but feel something instead. Something full of warmth warming my physical, mental, and spiritual being. I envision a row of cherry trees with the sun lighting up their pink blossoms, making them even more brilliant. Lifted by the beauty surrounding me, I praise God. The sun warms my entire being.

Image result for red wood trees in forestThen I will see a great forest and feel a passive firmness. I hear someone telling me that someone is there and telling me that they will never leave me, and that they will hold me accountable, like red woods in a forest.

Other times I feel the grief of person after person making wrong decisions, not knowing what is right, and not being able to help them. I watch them turn away from the things they knew were right, and walk awayImage result for pine tree dying. I feel the grief of seeing a forest slowly dying and knowing I cannot do anything. Yet, I am also comforted by seeing the other trees spread their seeds and continue to make the forest grow bigger.

Then I open my eyes. The world seems so much brighter somehow, so many more colors. I marvel at the things that my eyes pick out that I never knew before. How could I not remember the colors so vividly. My day seems to be better, and people seem nicer.  As my eyes adjust, it all seems to slip away. I lose the vivid colors, the brightness and happiness of the day, and the people seem a little more weighed down. Everything has faded.

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4 : 11

Try it. Take awhile out of your everyday to just close your eyes and wait.

He is there.

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