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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
Psalm 119:2

Where is your focus today?  Did you begin this day by turning your eyes toward Jesus or by turning them toward the things of the world?

The great hymn, “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus,” was written by Helen H. Lemmel in 1922. Helen was born in England and immigrated to America with her family when she was a child. When Helen, who was blind, was age 55 she heard a statement that deeply impressed her: “So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.” Within a week, Helen had written the words and the melody to this hymn.

Helen, who wrote almost 500 hymns during her lifetime, had no way to write them down because of her blindness. She would call friends to come quickly to write the words before she forgot them.

When we turn our eyes upon Jesus, He becomes the foundation for our habits, our attitudes, our work, and for the use of our time and money. Turning our eyes upon Jesus brings joy and peace that we can’t have otherwise. As the song says, things of the earth will become dim to us.

To whom or to what are you focusing on when you have major decisions to make or when you are in despair? Many turn to things of the world—things like alcohol, drugs, other men or women. None of these can solve our problems or bring us security and peace.

Why not take some time today, go to a quiet place, and look at your spiritual life. Are you trusting Jesus? Are you so caught up with your busy schedule that you have no time for Bible study and prayer?

 Turning our eyes upon Jesus requires us to spend more time alone with Him. We must stay in constant communion with Him. When we do, we can see light at the end of a dark tunnel.

 Source: Then Sings My Soul, Robert J. Morgan, 2003


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