2 Kings 6:17 - 20
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord 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.
Sometimes in the mornings my wife and I are woken to the sound of our little baby crying. She is ready to embrace the day. However, when we lift her, she continues to cry with her eyes firmly closed. I know, that if only we can get her to open her eyes and see us, she will stop crying, and she will become calm and happy. We try all sorts of techniques; eventually the eyes open, and the cries give way to the most beautiful smiling face.
In our bible reading today, the servant of Elisha has seen the armies of Syria surrounding the city. They have come to take Elisha. The servant is alarmed and afraid; but Elisha is as cool as a cucumber! The eyes of Elisha see on a whole different level and because of that he has no fear. His servant doesn't need his circumstance to be changed in order for his anxiousness to be relieved; he just needs a lesson on vision and focus.
There are occasions in life when the solution to our worry and anxiety is simple; open your eyes. How sad it would be to live life with your eyes closed, dwelling in the darkness of fretfulness and dread. Open up your eyes to see who is for you and who is with you. Live life with the eyes of faith opened fully. It is then you will see Jesus as you allow His words and promises to form the lens through which you look. It is then that you will see the hosts of heaven that are on your side, and you will be able to let your frown give way to a smile of content.
Am I worried all the time? Do I see the problem to every solution? Do I see the cloud in every silver lining?
Thank you Lord Jesus that you are with me and for me. Thank you that the hosts of heaven that are at Your disposal surround me. Help me today to walk in the joy and gladness of knowing that you are on my side.