“There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and had no children. And the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, ‘Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.’ Then the woman came and told her husband, ‘A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. I did not ask him where he was from, and he did not tell me his name, but he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.” (Judges 13:2-7 ESV)
Parents who had long awaited a child, received notice that they had been awaiting for years, they would finally become parents. What a privilege to receive this great news from the Lord Himself! Not only would they have a child but he would be set aside for a special purpose from the beginning.
After the resurrection, two disciples walked on the road to Emmaus, not knowing that the Lord walked with them. That was until He broke the bread. Then their eyes were opened.
“So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if He were going farther, but they urged him strongly saying, ‘Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized them. And He vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?'” (Luke 24:28-32 ESV)
I think the Lord delights in blessing us in unique ways and ‘opening our eyes’ to His ways when maybe we had given up hope. I end with the Psalmist who captured my thoughts for today perfectly.
“The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners; He upholds the widow and the fatherless,
But the way of the wicked He brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 146:8-10 ESV)
Thank you for opening my eyes to Your Truth. Help me to share it with others today.