“Then He climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.” — Mark 6:51-52
Trivia means little bits of unessential information. Are you ready for a little piece of trivia? You blink 25 times every minute. Each blink takes about one-fifth of a second. Therefore, if you take a ten-hour automobile trip, averaging 60 miles per hour, your driver will speed along 30 miles with his eyes closed!
At the same rate of calculation, your eyes are closed for a total of 80 minutes during a 16-hour waking day! (If you’re ambitious, compute the number of minutes your eyes are closed during an average lifetime.)
Isn’t it amazing that we go through an entire day, with our eyes closed for 80 minutes, and still be alive? God has created us in such a wonderful way that He has provided the rest our eyes need while allowing us to carry on our daily activities uninterrupted.
But the real lessons about “eyes” and “seeing” are spiritual in nature. Our Lord frequently used common events to teach spiritual lessons. A good example is found in Mark 6.
Do you remember how Jesus fed thousands of people with a few loaves and fish? Immediately after that miracle, the disciples entered a boat and sailed toward the middle of the sea. Meanwhile Jesus sent the multitudes away and found a quiet place to pray. A sudden storm caused the disciples to panic. Without hesitation, Jesus came to their rescue walking across the sea.
Jesus had already demonstrated His power with the miracle of the loaves and the fish. The disciples had witnessed it, but just a few hours later they were paralyzed by fear. The reason: their hearts were hardened.
The disciples suffered from spiritual nearsightedness. They had seen Jesus perform countless miracles, but still lacked the faith to trust Him when they faced difficulties. Although they had been specifically chosen by Jesus and had experienced His teaching and power, they were still spiritually immature.
Has your heart been hardened to the things you have seen God do? Have the miracles of yesterday faded into the memories of today? Open your heart. That is how we open our “spiritual eyes.”