“Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light”
This song is a prayer, a desire for God to be our vision. For God to be all we see. For when we lose sight of God, we see the glitters of sin beckoning our lust-filled hearts, we see the ostentatious gifts of life seducing our minds, we become consumed with all our own plans and desires, we become selfish and self-centred. We may become bitter, unforgiving, proud, stubborn and sometimes foul-mouthed.
Problems become enlarged and solutions miles away. We may become hopeless, in despair and depressed, tearful and sad, blaming everybody and anybody. We may feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders and we focus only on the things that are wrong in our lifes. Some even attempt or do commit suicide.
But when we make God our vision, when we look unto Him who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, earth’s glooms and glitters grow dim. We see who He is and who He made us to be. When we make Him our Vision, He fills us with the desire to be more like Him, we become more loving, more hopeful, content, joyful, peaceful, spirit-filled, and all that God is. His character begins to rub off on us, we discover that we are increasing in His image from day to day.
Our problems may not go away but we discover an inner strength to keep fighting, keep hoping and to keep believing that because He lives we can face of tomorrow. We find a reason to love, to live and to be a blessing to others. Even when reasons are inexplicable, we find that love, joy and peace flows regardless.
May the good Lord be our daily vision indeed, Amen.
“Lord, help us not to lose sight of You, in our waking thoughts or when asleep; and may we become more like You as we behold Your lovely face day by day, Amen.”