Have you ever become frustrated while looking everywhere for something, only to discover it was right in front of your eyes? This happens to my husband when he has his nose in the refrigerator. He’ll ask me where something is and I then point out it’s in plain sight. I’m sure we’ve all done this from time to time, either because we weren’t expecting the item to be so easy to find or because we just have a temporary block in our brains.
Sometimes we are simply lacking awareness about what’s going on. We are often not aware of what God is doing in our lives and the lives of those around us. Some wonder if he’s doing anything at all. Just as we can practice being more aware of God, we can also learn and practice being aware of how the Holy Spirit engages, teaches, reminds, delivers and makes connections to help us participate more fully in kingdom life now.
When the king of Aram suspected a mole in the ranks was informing the king of Israel about his military strategy, he discovered it was the prophet Elisha who was guiding the Israelites (2 Kings 6). He decided to go after Elisha with a huge army of chariots and horses. When Elisha’s young servant saw the army surrounding them, he became frightened. “‘Don’t be afraid!’ Elisha told him. ‘For there are more on our side than on theirs!’ 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” (verses 16-17, NLT).
He must have been surprised and also greatly relieved to see the army of God ready to defend them. We also have a heavenly army on our side which vastly outnumbers those against us. Perhaps we should make Elisha’s prayer our prayer – O Lord, open our eyes and let us see! Let us see your presence in and around us; let us see how you are working tirelessly on our behalf; let us see your majesty, glory, strength and beauty!