Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How Did I Miss That?

When my father's health was declining, the Lord opened the door for me to move back home with my parents. Unfortunately, my husband wasn't able to make the move.

For five years, seven hours of driving each way, my husband and I commuted back and forth on long weekends and holidays. Did I mention we traveled this seven hour road back and forth, forth and back for five years?

When I had found myself behind the wheel, I had been on a mission: getting home to see my husband or getting back up to my parents. That was it. That was my only focus. Both hands on the steering wheel, eyes locked on the road in front of me, full steam ahead.

A couple of years ago, far removed from ths situation that had been our life for five years, I traveled this same route again. This time was different, though. I had no mission. I was leisurely traveling North to spend time with my mother. I was on a mini-vacation. Time was my friend, not my enemy. The trip was inviting, not to be endured. And, what a trip it was.

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 I saw antelope,

bouquets of wild flowers,

 fluffy clouds,

a stately windmill,

the smile on an elderly lady as I drove down the main street of a little town.

Everywhere I looked, I saw beauty.
Each time I turned my head or a corner, I saw life.
The entire trip I saw everything  I had failed to see for five years!

How had I missed all of this before?

Sadly, each time I drove this road before I only saw what was right in front of me. The commitments. The obligations. The demands. The deadlines. The distance to be traveled.

The same was true of Elisha's servant.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15-17
When he awoke one morning, all Elisha's servant could see was an army surrounding him. That's it!  He only saw what was directly in front of him. But then, Elisha prayed the eyes of this "spiritually blind" man would be opened to see what was truly before him - the army of the Lord surrounding them.

It makes no difference if we are merely out for a joy ride or fighting the battle of our life, we cannot afford to lose our spiritual vision. We cannot settle for merely seeing what is before us. We must also see beyond that, to see God in every place of our life.

In the beauty of a desert landscape, He is there.

In the operating room of a hospital, He is there.

In the traveling of life's highway, He is there.

And yes, even (and especially!) in the deadlines, demands, disappointments and diseases of life, He is there.

Don't miss what you can't see
           by only concentrating on what you do see.

Faith looks beyond.

Faith sees what can't be seen (yet!).

When we allow God to open our eyes, our vision becomes clear. We see beauty where we have never noticed it before. We see the army of the Lord encamped around us ready to protect and defend.

We see God!

Heavenly Father, Without eyes of faith we are spiritually blind. In our blindness, we stumble through life, void of beauty and void of the realization and assurance of your presence. Today, Father God, I pray that like the eyes of Elisha's servants, our eyes, too, would be opened. We want to see, Lord. We want to see YOU. In Jesus' name, Amen~

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  1. I've been looking for words to send to a very special friend who was diagnosed with MSA and today I found it here on your blog.

    Thank you!

  2. Stacy:

    This is so encouraging. I'm often guilty of getting caught up in life's busyness (including busyness of serving God) that I forget to slow down and look around...look to Him.

    He is there, he never left my side, and He will always be with us.

    Praying that we all have our spiritual blinders removed.

    Thank you for linking up at the Grace Cafe today.


  3. Hi Stacy - thats how I feel at the moment, driven by obligations and the need to get what needs to be done, done. I don't want to miss anymore of God's beauty along the way. Great post, and thank you my friend for being my 100th follower. Pity there are no prizes, just my appreciation :) and cyber hugs (((((Stacy)))))
    God bless

  4. Yes, God is all around us, in every moment! Thanks for the great reminder to keep looking to Him as we go through our days!

    Blessings, Joan


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