I first noticed that my son couldn’t see clearly when he pointed to a ‘spider’ on the wall, and I looked up to see a picture frame hook – no spider.
Relieved as I was that there was no spider, I was somewhat concerned that he had believed it to be one.
People tried to convince me I was being Paranoid Mommy (us moms all step into her shoes at some time or another) but I knew my son wasn’t seeing clearly.
When I had him tested, one of his eyes was weaker than the other and they gave him reading glasses. I was uncomfortable at the thought of my little boy having to put on glasses for classwork but then came the moment they first put the specs on.
His entire face lit up and I saw him smile such a big smile, even his eyes were smiling with him.
He wanted to wear these glasses straight away and wasn’t concerned that they felt different on his face or about any inconvenience of having to carry a glasses case with him to school.
He could see! The world had become something new to him.
The teacher told me that she could see an immediate improvement in his work. “He used to draw just the eyes in his pictures. Now he also draws the eyebrows and eyelashes,” she told me.
Thing is, he had spent the first few years of his life oblivious to any weakness in his sight. It hadn’t even bothered him. But now, he could see the world through new eyes and he couldn’t go back to seeing it as he saw it before.
How good is your sight?
Are you seeing your situation clearly?
With the Holy Spirit, you are given special specs through which to understand scripture. Suddenly, you see the ‘eyebrows’ and ‘eyelashes’ in the Word which were hidden before. Because He has given you a set of new eyes.
Nicodemus was told about these Holy Spirit specs by Jesus in John 3. He arrived to speak with Jesus in a clandestine, ‘after hours’ meeting, asking Him questions about who He was. Jesus’ answers weren’t understood by Nicodemus who raised some silly arguments, like how someone already born could re-enter the womb. The educated pharisee was a great intellectual who knew scripture off-by-heart but he just wasn’t seeing.
“So that, “They may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'” (Mark 4:12)
Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about how unless you had the Holy Spirit you would never be able to ‘see’ what the Kingdom of Heaven was up to – the Spirit of God was like the wind, He said, and you had to be born again to see His movement and be a part of His kingdom.
Believers often forget to consult with the Lord on how He sees a situation but when He gives sight into what He is doing, by His Spirit, he gives hope and the believer is reassured God is still in control. Jesus said He only did what He ‘saw’ the Father doing.
Through giving ‘sight’, the Holy Spirit opens a way for the believer to step into His plans and purposes. When He shows you what He wants to do in a situation, and you stand in agreement and step into His action, things start to move differently.
I know it’s winter but put on your shades today. Jesus wants you to partner with Him in the greatest adventure of life out loud. You might find that this situation you have rebuked as being from the enemy is actually the very situation Jesus is using for His glory. It might be the very thing He has prepared you for – as Mordecai said to Esther: “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as … It may very well be that you have achieved royal status for such a time as this!”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1 vs 1-4)
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light! (Genesis 1 vs 2)
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