The quote came from Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin who stated “I shut my eyes in order to see.” Gauguin had said this to speak to his move away from Realism and even Impressionism. He was becoming more concerned about the essence of the work and effect of the viewer than accurately depicting his subject.
When I read this I couldn’t help but think of it terms of our prayer life. I had just spent some time this morning in prayer as I try and do each morning, but my prayer time this morning was pretty sad and unfocused. I realized I had been totally distracted, had no clue what I really just prayed for and had let my mind wander from various things related to work or my day. Unfortunately, it is not the first time this had been the case in my prayers and I am sure it won’t be the last. I had not engaged God at the least bit during the process and wondered if He even heard anything as I lazily mumbled various items in between thoughts of UT football, work needing to be done and what I was going to eat for breakfast. As I was feeling pretty convicted about it, I came back to this quote. What a great testament to how our prayer life should be and the intent of our prayers. Each and every time, I need to close my eyes, be still and seek His presence in order that He will allow me to see His plan. Think about the times in your life where you feel you have had the most clarity of vision. If you are like me you find that it is the times when you have been on your knees and eyes tightly closed. Times when you have been able to “close the door” on the things that disturb or hinder you, both physically and mentally.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”