If only we had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to be born within ourselves and within the world; we would know that the Kingdom of God is what all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realize that it’s what we’re starving to death for. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.
— Frederick Buechner
Eyes to see; ears to hear; the wits to understand — if only things served to the fullness for which they were created.
Too often I remain sightless and deaf to the things of God, my mind devoid of comprehending the lengths and depths of grace amazing and wild. Ignorant of this Kingdom power ever-present within me. Unaware of each moment filled with the potential of miraculous. Overlooking the wonder of Spirit breath granting me my own.
Though it’s what I crave most, I search for filling beyond the borders of God’s sphere of blessing. Heedlessly starving for the very Spirit which cries out: Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink – even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk – it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to Me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. Come to Me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. — Isaiah 55:1-3
Where God gives thirst, He gives grace. Where God gives grace, He gives thirst. It is a wise person who understands this. Who knows what it is she sorely needs. Who realizes the blessing extended before her with the invitation to come and lay claims to it.
The gifts of the Kingdom are things offered as such no price can be set, yet they are bought and paid in full through the mercy of a gracious Savior. Eternal covenant purchased with blood and love.
Let proud eyes bow in humility, then lift their gaze by grace to stare into the face of such love granted without limits. Let deaf ears hear the message of salvation and freedom come for one and all, and accept its truth into soul’s depths. Let understanding arise and stake out this wisdom of being fully known and welcomed into this Kingdom come to men. This Kingdom residing in the form of Jesus Christ who purchased, promised, and disperses it to all who will believe.
Blessed is the man who thirsts and comes freely to the well of the Living One. Who realizes this covenant of Kingdom Come is here. Within us.
If only I lived to the potential of this promise yearning to live itself through me. If only I served Him to the fullness for which I was created. If only I had eyes to see and ears to hear and the wits to understand . . .
The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.
There’s no need to live as one homesick, beloved. Come, let us return to the Lord and discover all the unfailing love He has promised! May we find our way back to Father’s heart — to home — and live the reality of this Kingdom come to stay.
Do you ever find yourself living as one blind, deaf, or dumb to the kingdom of God surrounding you? What are some specific ways you can begin to take notice of God’s active presence in the everyday moments of your life? Maybe it is as simple as opening your eyes in the morning and whispering an invitation for Jesus to lead you throughout your day, Could it be you need to purposefully thank Him for the gifts already present throughout your seemingly ordinary life? Or perhaps you need to realign your thought processes to match up more closely to His truths. What life patterns might you need to adjust in order to more fully grasp the reality of His kingdom at work in you today?