Written in my prayer journal, alongside my list of prayer needs are these two simple words, “Strangely Dim”. I wrote them down at the beginning of this year after listening to the hymn, Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus, to remind myself to pray that the “things of this earth would grow strangely dim” in my heart and life. Little did I know, how real these words would become to me throughout this year and culminating when I received my diagnosis of breast cancer this past week. After the dust settled mentally and spiritually for me, my heart remembered these little words and what I had been praying for. A cancer diagnosis certainly works quickly in making the things of earth to grow strangely dim. What really mattered came to the surface and the earthly things grew suddenly dim in the background. So, slowly, God is working these meaningful words out in this hard, self-centered heart of mine as I turn my eyes upon Him and His wonderful face takes up more and more of my line of sight.
TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS
By Helen Lemmel (1863-1961) entitled “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu’rors we are!
His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
To listen to this song in full by Lauren Daigle connect here: https://youtu.be/YubjzBCFNYM