It was our first trip away together post-honeymoon. We’d driven all day, stopped to see a friend, and had been on the road for hours again. Since it was pitch black in the wilderness of Vermont and he was driving, I wasn’t watching the road closely until I felt the slam of the brakes.
Looking out, I saw just the end of a huge tail fleeing away.
My guy, however, had seen the whole beast. Apparently, we’d screeched to a halt so that the legendary, possibly mythical catamount could cross the road.
Tired, bound joyfully in love, and a little shocked by the near-accident, I asked my husband to show me what he saw.
Yes, I asked the silly question as if he could actually transfer data from his brain or take his eyeballs out of his head and give them to me for review.
Someone Else Asked this Silly Question
Absurd as the proposition is humanly speaking, God actually answers a similar request in Scripture.
“Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.'” –2 Kings 6:17
The prayer was offered for a servant who had the physical ability to see. This servant’s eyes were working so well, in fact, that he was alarmed because an army of horses and chariots had surrounded the city. Visually, all around, was clear and present danger.
Elisha’s prayer was that his servant would be able to see what he himself was seeing.
“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 6:17
In this instance, Elisha, and then his servant, were given the unique ability to see some of what God sees (powers and principalities at work). Today, God encourages us to see as He sees in a different way.
We Can Ask This Question Too
God tells us to:
“fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.” –2 Corinthians 4:18
Things that we can see and surmise with our human eyes are transient. They can change. What we see has limits. They have an end. Just like the army that surrounded Elisha and his servant did.
What is unseen is what’s eternal. It’s the not-apparent, not-sin-colored view we have when we see through eyes of faith.
“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” –Hebrews 11:1
Ridiculous as the actual words may seem, asking the Lord to give us His eyes is really just asking God for a faith-perspective. That’s definitely worth asking for!
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