What to Do When You Can’t See Straight

seestraightmainSome mornings when I wake up I can't see straight. This doesn't have anything to do with my glasses or contact lens.

I yawn, stretch, and shuffle into the kitchen for some coffee. By the time my bare feet hit the cold tiles I am fully awake and I can't see straight.

Alas! Today is... Today. How am I going to make it through Today?

A flood of thoughts stir in my mind and then my emotions chime in with their contributions of a sundry mix of feelings. A fog of unbelief and doubt descends to cloud the acuity of my spiritual retinas.

Elisha's servant woke up like this one morning, too. Early one morning the young man got up and went out of his tent, rubbed the sand out of his bleary eyes, and looked around.

Oh... no... The enemy's horses and chariots have surrounded the city while we were asleep. We're going to DIE!

Technically, the terrified young man said, "Alas, my master, what shall we do?" (2 Kings 6:15). I know the word "alas" sounds so melodramatic when you read it. But the common usage of the word in biblical times communicated utter dismay and horror usually in reference to imminent death and destruction.

And so Elisha slips on his sandals, shuffles out of his tent, surveys the scene, and says to the young man,

"Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them" (2 Kings 6:16).

Elisha hasn't had his coffee yet, right? The old man must need glasses. Clearly he's not seeing straight. There is a bloodthirsty army surrounding the city. With horses and chariots and sharp metal things. Do not be afraid? Who is "with us?" We're prophets, not Lieutenant Generals.

But Elisha saw something his servant could not see. If his servant saw what Elisha could see then he, too, would not be afraid.

So Elisha prayed for him to receive sight,

"O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see" (2 Kings 6:17).

Then the Lᴏʀᴅ opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Open the Eyes of Our Hearts, Lord

When we can't see our situation with clear spiritual vision then we tend to fixate on our earthly circumstances. We do this every day.

Each morning we get out of bed walking by faith in the Son of God or wandering about in unbelief obsessed over our earthly circumstances. When the eyes of our heart are wide open to God's truth, then the light of his word cuts through the fog.

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]