Eyes to See
The story of the disciples traveling to Emmaus after Jesus’ resurrection is a great scriptural example of developing eyes to see.
Read Luke 24:30-32; 45. Under what conditions can you better develop your spiritual eyes to see beyond the physical realm?
And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. …they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures…
Seeing with Spiritual Eyes
Eyes can be opened when you:
- participate in the sacrament;
- read the scriptures and open your heart.
(I also find it extraordinarily interesting, because I don’t know what it means, that He disappears from their sight as soon as they recognize him.)
It’s also fun to ponder the many different ways my own eyes have been opened. Desire is always the first step. I have “seen” very few things spiritually with my physical eyes. Yes, sometimes I’m privileged to catch glimpses with my physical eyes things of the spiritual realm; but most often, the “seeing,” or perception is done with my heart.
Desire + Faith = Sight
The connection between desire, faith, and an open heart must be strong.
And after receiving that spiritual sight, there are things that must be done so the gift can continue. You have to cherish what you’ve just experienced if you want to continue seeing.
Continue with the story from Luke 24, in verses 52-53: And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
“We need greater spiritual light and power. We need eyes to see more clearly the Savior working in our lives and ears to hear His voice more deeply in our hearts. This marvelous blessing comes when we open our hearts and receive, truly receive, the Lord Jesus Christ, His doctrine, and His Church into our lives. We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better.” (Kim B. Clark, “Eyes to See and Ears to Hear,” October 2015, p. 125.)