Jesus had this uncanny ability to see the unseen. He didn’t seem to spend much time looking at appearances; he quickly turned his attention to the heart. Followers of Jesus learn to do the same; they learn to look past the surface into the heart.
So, how are you doing? Have you learned to read the signals? Can you see the caged heart struggling to be free? Do you sense gifts and talents and abilities buried in discouragement and doubt? Can you see the potential, the opportunities, the calling of God that seems impossible in the present? Are you able to see the blessings and the dangers that a follower is about to experience? Has God allowed you to see what he sees in a loved one? While others only see failure and disappointment and shame, do you see amazing grace and influence and celebration? Are you able to thank God for his transformation, even before anyone else sees it?
Has God given you a Yes?
God is continually healing the hearts of His followers. The dark and despondent spirits find joy and light; the struggling addicts discover transformation and strength; the guilty prisoner, locked in pain and shame, is given a fresh start. The dead are revived. The legalist finds grace. The know-it-all discovers the unexplainable. Hope is born out of hopelessness. Do you see it?
There are times when God surprises us with an impossible task, with vision beyond our understanding, just to remind us that he is God and we are not. Remember the words of the ancient book, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Is 43:18-19)
The Bible–the story of God’s encounters with his creation, is filled with impossible changes. Some of these happenings we call miracles: the lame walked, the blind saw, and the deaf heard. It seems the standard miracles are readily accepted by even the novice Christian, but what about the miracle of changed people?
Faith, as Paul reminds us, asks us to keep our eyes focused and ready for the unseen. “For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” How are your eyes? What are you seeing?
While Hitler was rising to power in Germany, a minister named William Wallner was building a growing church is Prague, Czechoslovakia. Soon he was preaching five sermons a Sunday to thousands of people of all backgrounds, including refugees that came to escape the Nazi regime.
Karl Loes, one of the Jewish refugees, was an outstanding drama and art critic from Frankfurt. He told Wallner he was embarrassed to ask for help and that he didn’t have much use for Wallner’s Jesus, but Wallner saw beyond those words and helped him anyway. Before long, Karl was spending his days helping college students in the church’s ministry, but still remained distant from Jesus.
Then Hitler invaded Prague and Karl fled; Wallner never saw him again.
At the end of the war, just as the Nazis were retreating, a large number of underground resistance fighters were discovered in a safe house cellar. They had been mercilessly slaughtered there.
On the cellar walls were messages written in various languages. Wallner, a gifted linguist, was asked to help translate these personal epithets. It was a sad and heart-wrenching task. After hours of translation, Wallner found a scribbled message that caused a smile of validation.
I believe in the sun when it is not shining.
I believe in love when I do not feel it.
I believe in my Lord Jesus, even when he is silent.
Karl had been transformed. He had become the believer Wallner had sensed he would become. The invisible become visible.
Live this week with your “Eyes Wide Open.”
Ask God to give you someone to practice on today. Ask God to help you see what he sees in this person. Ask God to give you a vision of the future, a glimpse of his coming healing and transformation. Ask God to help you see future in the life in his child.
Keep your focus on the life God has put on your heart. Talk to God about timing. He will lead you to the right time and place to share what he has allowed you to see.
Now, get ready for God to invade the impossible.
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