During a recent weekend, I had the rare opportunity to leisurely drink my morning coffee on my back patio. The kids were still asleep. The hubby was somewhere in the house tinkering. The heat of a summer day in Texas hadn’t kicked-in yet and the mosquitos left me unscathed as I savored my caramel macchiato flavored brew.
It was in this quiet solitude that my mind drifted and I began to pray and thank God for all of the beautiful little things that make-up His creation: grass, trees, air, birds, people. It’s amazing how He gives us the ability to build on His creation to create new things: cars, technology and of course, great shoes!
As I was meditating on the creativity of the Creator, a tree in my neighbor’s yard caught my attention. There, sitting on a large knot of an old pecan tree, I could see a squirrel camouflaged within the gray-brown hue of the bark.
Since I had barely started my day, I wasn’t wearing my contacts yet. I squinted earnestly through my three-year old eyeglass prescription to see if my eyes were playing tricks on me. As my eyes struggled to focus, I noticed that there were actually two squirrels, not one! The squirrels sat so perfectly still, they looked like an extension of the tree as they observed the world around them. Ever watchful of the slightest change to their surroundings, the squirrels’ lack of movement could easily fool you into believing they couldn’t see what was really happening.
I started thinking about how God can be that way in our own lives. He’s there, but sometimes we don’t seem Him clearly. Even more frustrating, it can feel as if the Lord doesn’t see what’s going on with us. Surely, if He was really paying attention, He wouldn’t allow so-and-so to happen, right?
Pulling my thoughts together, I was reminded of the prophet Elisha’s servant, who couldn’t see the hand of God at work around him.
Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. (2 Kings 6:17)
This is one of my favorite passages about experiencing God’s presence. At first glance, it looked like Elisha and his faithful servant were doomed. The enemy’s army had them surrounded and outnumbered, or so the servant thought. After Elisha prayed and God opened the servant’s eyes, he could see the army of the Lord surrounding their enemy’s army. I love it! I could almost see the servant thinking to himself, “Haha, who’s big and bad now, huh?”
Okay, maybe there’s a slight chance I would think that if I were the servant. (Just saying…I’m still a work in progress.)
On a more serious note, it’s so awesome to know that each and every day, the Lord surrounds us with His Infinite Love, Mercy, Power and Goodness. Unfortunately, our spiritual eyes sometimes lack the clarity and maturity to see His involvement in our life.
Just like Elisha did, we have to ask the Lord to open our eyes and allow us to truly see Him. His Word promises that if we seek Him, we will find Him. Consistent study of His Word, prayer and worship gives us greater access and opportunity to experience Him in deeper ways. As we mature in our walk with Him, we gain greater revelation and understanding of His character and how He operates.
Now, let me ask you, do you see the chariots of fire surrounding you and your situation?