More Than Meets the Eye
Ever hear someone say: “I’ll believe it when I see it!” or “Seeing is believing!” Oh, not so! Faith isn’t what we see with our eyes – it is so much more. It is that measure of God-given supernatural ingredient that He gave us and urges us to live by – that total trust and belief that something good can come out of any situation. Faith opens the door to belief in “anything is possible” and patience “in due season we will reap, if we faint not”.
I want to SEE with the eyes of faith because if my eyes are open – really open – I will see differently – more than meets my eyes.
Sometimes our eyes deceive us. What we see with our eyes can be downright misleading. That’s why, seeing with our natural eyes isn’t near as important as seeing with a heart of love and faith that breaks through barriers that opens our eyes.
My eyes see a homeless person and often thinks “Why doesn’t he get a job?” But, when my eyes see from God’s heart of faith and love, I see a child of God who has been broken. He started out as an innocent child with dreams and hopes, but his upbringing, his mistakes and failures handed him a rough life. The very least I can do from my eyes that see him – really see him – is to pray for him.
In Max Lucado’s book, “Grace for the Moment”, he says:
“Faith is trusting what the eye can’t see.
Eyes see the prowling lion. Faith sees Daniel’s angel.
Eyes see storms. Faith sees Noah’s rainbow.
Eyes see giants. Faith sees Canaan.
Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior.
Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees His blood.
Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise-breaker. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your finger and kiss of your Father on your face.”
During the pandemic that disrupted and impacted our lives in so many ways, there have been many things that are signs of God’s presence and grace. I can’t ignore them. An ongoing challenge, though, is that I need to look through the “eyes of faith” to recognize those signs. Seeing things through the eyes of faith doesn’t mean wearing rose colored glasses and approaching things with a certain naiveté. Rather faith is the lens that helps all of us to see God’s hand at work in our lives and in our world. Seeing with the eyes of faith is believing that God Who loved us and our world into existence has something up His sovereign sleeves to turn the worst of times to the best of times and, no matter what, will always hold us in love.
I’m considering an eye transplant. I desire new eyes that see from the heart of God Who sees beyond an earth-bound level. He sees with a “nothing is impossible” mindset. I want that mind set and faith set — trusting in what physical eyes can’t see.
“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” (Hebrews 11:1)