An Open Mind

“I ask that your minds may be opened . . .”

“I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people, and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world.” (Ephesians 1:18-20)

I was out wandering last week with my family in case you’ve been wondering why you didn’t receive last week’s Wednesday Wonderings.  The picture above is part of the train ride Patti and I took yesterday to the upper falls of the Cheat River.  The photo looks like an early Halloween offering – almost a little eerie, isn’t it?  It’s actually a photo taken from the last car of the train as we were going through a tunnel.  I left the camera shutter open long enough so that the lights on the back of the train cast a long trail and helped complete a rather rich and ghostly effect.  Contrast this photo with the rather plain one below where I used a flash and had the camera’s shutter open for just an instant.

The resulting photo shows the track and tunnel walls in more detail, but the total effect is much less rich and interesting than the first photo where the camera’s shutter was left open for an extended period of time.

It’s all about an open mind, isn’t it?  Approaching life with an open mind allows us to experience the depth and richness of life as God created and intended it.  The alternative is living lives with minds so closed that it’s almost as though we stopped living at some point or another.  Living our lives from the closed-mindedness perspective means that every time we’re challenged by a new idea or situation our minds snap shut almost instantly, protecting us (we think) from the harm supposedly caused by new ideas.  Instead of being protected, we’re robbed of the richness, new possibilities, and opportunities new challenges can offer.  Like my camera shutter, our minds snap shut too quickly, before the new and wondrous picture of God’s creation can develop for us.

In the Bible passage above, Paul offers his prayer for the people of the city of Ephesus, that their minds would be opened to God’s new light in Christ.  That’s the first step – open-mindedness.   Paul knew that if their minds were open they would experience God’s hope and wonderful blessings.  I pray that God will give me the courage to leave my mind open to receive and share the hope, richness, of God’s unfolding creation and love in Christ.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,


Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on October 15, 2014.

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