One of my favorite verses in the bible is Psalm 32:8,
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
This verse reminds me of the many times my mother guided me with her eyes. If I was talking in church, I could feel my mothers eyes upon me. Once our eyes met, I knew exactly what to do…stop talking! Now, I do the same with my children. With a simple look, I can guide them. Whether I need them to say “thank you,” shut off the buzzer on the oven while I’m on the phone, or immediately change their behavior, I can do it all with my eyes.
However, I think what the verse is implying is that God always has an watchful eye on His children. If they stray from the path, He is there to gently bring them back. I witnessed a beautiful picture of this about 8 years ago.
My mother in law wanted to take all the grand kids to a water park. Naturally, I went along to help her. While sitting by the pool, I noticed a young girl swimming, jumping, and playing in the water. Sticking close by was a man who was guiding her by his voice. As I watched, I realized the little girl was blind and the man was her guide. I also noticed something else. The little girl had total trust her guide-so much so that she played in the water without fear. She was completely free in his care.
On the drive home, I couldn’t stop thinking about the blind girl and her guide. What a beautiful picture of child-like faith resting in the care and provision of God. I smiled to myself because I’m no different then that blind girl. I can’t always see what’s ahead of me, but my Jesus, my Guide can. If I’m willing to trust Him completely, I can live as freely as that little girl.
I never wanted to forget that I have a guide who watches over me, shows me which way to go, and counsels me with His eye, so as soon as I entered my house that day I wrote this peom and never changed one word. I’d like to share it with you.
Today at the pool I saw with my eyes,
A blind girl swimming to my surprise.
I watched amazed as she swam so free.
I thought, “If I were blind that would not be me.”
Then I noticed a man by her side,
He must be the blind girl’s guide.
The little girl had such faith and trust.
It made me realize that those were a must.
How else could she so freely swim?
How could she jump and play without him?
Suddenly, as I watched, my heart grew warm,
In a trusting relationship this is the norm.
Jesus, I thought, He is my guide.
When I can’t see ahead He is there by my side.
He leads and protects as I trust and obey.
I know without Him I would never find my way.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving me eyes to see,
I am never alone because You are here with me.