The secret of seeing is, then, the pearl of great price. … But although the pearl may be found, it may not be sought. The literature of illumination reveals this above all: although it comes to those who wait for it, it is always, even to the most practiced and adept, a gift and a total surprise. … I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam. … The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. ~A. Dillard
Tonight I want to put myself in the path of the beam of light … holy light … and sail on the wind of the spirit. I quiet myself, wait before him and ask for my eyes to be opened … to see the truth he has for me to see … to be lifted up … to soar on wings like eagles …
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
I sing with the hymn writers of old …
Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Holy Spirit, Truth divine,
Dawn upon this soul of mine;
Word of God and inward light
Wake my spirit, clear my sight.
~ S. Longfellow