I’m writing this as my good friend and colleague of 12 years is fighting for his life in the ICU. I’m shocked, scared, praying constantly, upset, angry, too focused, grasping, distracted and just plain numb.
The mental whirlwind is exhausting. God, this can’t possibly be…and that triggers a mental picture of one of my favorite Bible stories from 2 Kings.
To very loosely paraphrase 2 Kings 6: The men of God are doing their thing, active in ministry, at peace in the will of God. Then life gets hairy, really hairy, as life often does, and one of them begins to freak out. Elisha replies to him:
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 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.
Just imagine the feelings that washed over Elisha’s servant at that moment….let it ground you to these truths:
We cannot see everything.
God is more powerful than we can fathom.
God always sees. Nothing we face is ever hidden from Him or beyond His reach.
God is always working.
God is always moving.
Lord Jesus, please open our eyes that we may see! Whatever we “see” ourselves surrounded by today please open our eyes that we may see we are surrounded by You and Your purposes. Please help us to still our spirit in Your Presence that we may stay grounded in Your truth. Help us to live in the mystery of the unseen being even more powerful than the seen. Amen.