I was in the midst of one of those stress filled moments the other day where it seemed absolutely nothing was going as planned. You may never have those moments, but I do. So, I decided to take a rather chilly walk in a nearby park. It’s really a beautiful place with a scenic river bordering it.
As I began to walk I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “What do you see?” I began to describe the winter landscape around me and think about the changing seasons of our lives. Spring would soon come and the icy river would once again flow with warmer waters.
Even so, when I left I knew I hadn’t “gotten it”.
Then I came across these words of Jesus…
Matthew 6:22–23 (NASB95) 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
It was then I understood.
What we choose to see is what fills our hearts and in turn affects our moods, emotions, thinking and ultimately our faith. When all we see is our challenging circumstances our hearts become weighed down with gloom, doom, frustration and anxiety. Hope begins to dim and in turn faith goes out the window.
The heavenly Father wants us to keep our eyes upon Him. When we honestly choose to look up, this is what we will find, the Father is already looking at us!
Psalm 33:18 (NASB95) 18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
on those who hope for His lovingkindness,
When I choose to see Him I come to realize He sees me and if He sees me I am under His care!
Psalm 17:8 (LEB) 8 Keep me as ⌊the apple of your eye⌋. Hide me in the shadow of your wings
When we choose to see the Lord, when we choose to make Him our focus regardless of what is going on around us, we will always be filled with the light of His presence. We realize nothing is impossible with God. We realize that all things are working together in some way to our good in His greater purposes for our lives. We are filled with hope and renewed faith. The anxiety dissipates a bit, the emotions settle, and the mood turns more positive.
What do you see?