Seeing Things for the Way They Really Are

by Michelle Acker on December 2, 2010

in Learning the Art of Living

Dallas Running Club WhiteRock Half Marathon & 5K

About a month ago, I did a 5K with a friend.  My intention, since it was on a Sunday morning, was to listen to my worship music and spend a little time being quiet with God while I walked. I didn’t have a time goal. I didn’t want to keep up with the slow runners.   I just wanted to listen to my music and worship outdoors. Lining up, it wasn’t very crowded, and I ended up pretty near the start line waiting for the race to begin.  The race started, I cranked up my tunes, and was excited to start walking.

It didn’t take long at all for me to begin to feel discouraged. My legs were burning, my calves, and quads, and hamstrings were screaming from the tiny hills at the beginning of the course.  I hadn’t even reached the 1/4 mile mark yet.  How was I going to make 3.2 miles?

After what seemed like only a minute or two, I was feeling so far behind.  All the runners were well in front of me.  It felt as if I was alone walking, the very last person… “I’m that one crazy, out of shape, overweight, what-is-she-doing-at-a-running-club-event-lady.” Or so the thoughts in my head were going.

Finally, I looked back, and saw plenty of people behind. I wasn’t alone.  I was just ahead of the other walkers.  Worship music encouraging, I kept going, determined to get my good attitude back.  But it was still a fight to drive away the discouragement, when my legs were screaming at me as I finally passed that first 1/4 mile mark. How did I let me body get so far out of shape?

My view of the lake from the course

Then… another larger, much larger, much longer, hill….Are you kidding me?  This is crazy!  What am I doing here?

And then it happened.  At the top of that long hill,  I turned a corner both literally and figuratively. I turned that corner and thought, “I need to remember this is only between me and God, it doesn’t matter how far behind, out of shape, or slow I am.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing.”  And literally, at that moment (because His timing is perfect!), one of my favorite worship songs shuffled onto my ipod and into my ears….Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord. Do you know it?   It starts with Michael W. Smith saying, ‘Oh, yeah.  We want to see things for the way they really are.”

Yeah. I know, right?  I think, “This is just between me and God….” and Michael W. Smith answers right back, “Oh, yeah.  We want to see things for the way they really are.  Open the eyes of my heart, Lord.” Think about that, for a second.  Tell me that’s not Perfect Timing.

I smiled.  I let my worries go, and listened to the first lines:

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord

Open the eyes of my heart…

I want to see You,

I want to see You….

And then I got distracted by thinking about how He was truly opening the eyes of my heart. It was kind of a marvelous revelation. When my attention came back to the song, the way I was hearing the lyrics was backward. I was listening as if God were singing the lyrics, speaking those words, directly……to me. Straight to my heart.   It opened up a whole new meaning….

To see you high and lifted up…

Shining in the light of your glory.

Pour out your power and love…

As we sing holy, holy, holy…

  • He wants to see me high and lifted up…. not putting myself down or apologizing for not being good enough…
  • He created me.  He wants me to shine in the light of my glory because the fact that He created me is glorious…How dare I think otherwise?
  • He wants me to pour out my power and love…. That’s right… I have love to give, and I also have POWER. Little old me. Power.  To use…to pour out and share.
  • I am a child of God… Holy, holy, holy because I belong to Him.

Now, there are a lot of ‘me’s up there, because this happened to me.  But the lesson, the message, applies to YOU too…

Let Him open the eyes of your heart.  Listen to God say these words to you:

I want to see You…

To see you high and lifted up…

Shining in the light of your glory.

Pour out your power and love…

As we sing holy, holy, holy…

Gives you something to think about, doesn’t it?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

SomeGirl December 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

BEAUTIFUL! Gotta LOVE God moments like that!! Praise be to God that He has made us holy and given us a light to shine! Thanks for sharing this with us!!

Deb Chitwood December 2, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Wonderful post! I LOVE that song – and your story and inspiration go so perfectly with it!

Stef @ Layton Family Joys December 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I am so encouraged – thank you. I am training for a 1/2 marathon in March, and I’d much rather go back to bed and just walk the thing! I hate running (we’re doing it to raise $ for clean water – samaritans purse team). And I know it’s for a good cause and I’m just praying the complaining stops on my end and the praising continues!!

And – I love that song – HIGH AND LIFTED UP!! thank you!

Michelle December 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM

SomeGirl & Deb,
Thank you for your encouraging comments yesterday! I’m glad to have shared the story with you.

Thank you for the kind comment! I am so glad this was encouraging to you. You will do great at your 1/2 marathon, I’m sure! And what a great cause/reason to run! I’m planning on doing a 1/2 at the end of April, and will be starting training in a week or two. Running is out for me, so I’m walking it. I’ll pray for your success.

All: I’m sorry, I haven’t been able to figure out why the threaded comments/email notifications aren’t working yet. (Hopefully I’ll have that kink worked out soon.)

Lori December 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM

God’s timing is always gloriously perfect. If only everyone would allow him to open their eyes. Always be ready for a God moment, you never know when they will happen.

Michelle December 4, 2010 at 9:55 AM

So true, Lori! SO true. We do need to ‘always be ready for a God moment’. 🙂

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