“And Elisha prayed, ‘O, LORD, open his eyes so 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 6:17 (NIV)
I can imagine the conversation that morning between Elisha and his servant. The servant says, “Elisha, I just came from looking out over the city wall. I see an army out there!” Elisha says, “I see an army, too.” “Elisha, I see horses and chariots!” “I see them, too.” “Elisha, aren’t you worried?” “What do you mean? I’m tickled pink.”” Elisha, aren’t you scared?” “Why would I be scared? I know the Captain of the Army on a first-name basis.” The servant says, “Oh no! What are we going to do?” Then Elijah says, “Now I understand. You and I are looking at different armies. You are looking at the army around us; I am looking at the Army above us. Lord, open the eyes of my servant so he can see the Army I see.”
There have been occasions where I have focused on the wrong army. It is easy to lower our gaze and only see what is arrayed around us. This is the realm of the 5 senses; we tend to allow these to dominate our contemplations and aspirations. How blessed we are to have the Spirit! How blessed we are to have Holy Angels! How blessed we are to have our Great God!
When I stop looking around and start looking up this new focus transforms my perspective. My goal in every circumstance first is to look up because those who are with me are more than those who are with them.
Great God, how we long for our default setting would be to view matters from Your perspective. May we realize this aspiration is not a pipe-dream. Today, we ask for grace in this pursuit. We know such a transformation will not only help us view our circumstance in proper context, but also give us a fresh awareness of You. We ask this in Your Great Name.
Harry Mullins, Chaplain
Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe