The Things We Can't See
Christian know this - in any given situation there are two things at play. The things we can see and the things we can't see.
We can see the betrayal and we can feel the heartache. We can see the roadblock and we can feel defeated. We can see the challenge and we can feel overwhelmed. We can see the dream crashing and we can feel crushed. We can see the mountain and we can feel the impossibility.
But often what we can't see with our natural eyes, is the hand of the Lord moving on our behalf. We see the betrayal, but it may be harder to see the Lord's goodness to us. How he is allowing that pain for future gain. How he is allowing that pain for refinement in Him. How he is going to work this thing for our good in ways we can't fathom now. How beauty will come from these ashes. How closer and deeper our walk with him will be as we lean on Him through it. How His strength becomes perfect in our weakness. How this very thing can be turned around and used as the jumping off point for what he has planned for our future.
We see the roadblock, but it may be harder to see the Lord's provision. How he is going to provide away around or through it. How he is going to perhaps even remove it. How what looks like a dead-end now will soon be just a speed bump.
We see the mountain, but it may be harder to see what's waiting for us on the other side or how we're going to make it there. How he's going to make a way for us to walk around the jagged cliffs and provide safe passage. How he's going to breathe new life in us to help us climb that next step. How he is sovereign over the mountain itself!
Faith requires us to see with different eyes. To not let what we see keep us from trusting, believing, hoping, and pursuing. Eyes that see past the natural and perceive what God is doing behind the scenes. Eyes that don't let our circumstances convince us of defeat, but remind us of the victory we have in Jesus.
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come." Ephesians 1:18-21