For with God nothing will be impossible.~Luke 1:37 NKJV
Between the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell), I tend to rely heavily on sight and couldn’t fathom the thought of living in total blindness. Recently, I read that brain scans of the blind show enhanced performance, a heightening of their other senses and abilities. As I pondered this thought, a couple of questions came to mind. Can a blind man fear what he doesn’t see? More importantly, does faith require worldly blindness to experience the completeness of God?
After reading the story of Elisha in 2 Kings 6:8-18, my writer’s imagination developed a depiction of the scene. The servant rose early, prepared coffee, then went to milk goats for cream. When he saw the Syrian army surrounding the city, his face paled as the milk spilled. He hurried into the house yelling for his master with arms flailing. Elisha didn’t react to the man’s hysteria — because God forewarned him the Syrian’s would arrive. Instead of fear, Elisha marveled at the glorious light that radiated from God’s chariots of fire. To encourage and strengthen his servant’s faith, Elisha asked God to give the man spiritual sight so he too could witness the multitude of angel warriors surrounding the enemy.
On many occasions, I’ve beaten myself up, wasting time and energy in worry and anxiety, when God’s favor ultimately prevailed.Irene Wintermyer, contributing author to Whispers of Grace
This story reminds me of the times I’ve felt spiritually handicapped. Like Elisha’s servant, I too love and serve the Lord. But in moments of difficulty, I’m more apt to respond to visual stimuli than rest in God’s supernatural peace. On many occasions, I’ve beaten myself up, wasting time and energy in worry and anxiety, when God’s favor ultimately prevailed.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.~2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
Today, our world fights against an unseen enemy, the coronavirus. The thought of this viral army, whose microscopic soldiers lie in wait for a victim, produces panic and fear. But what if the spiritual realm has angels on earth, healing and releasing an antitoxin over God’s children. It’s not that farfetched. God protected the Israelites from the ten plagues of Egypt. The Jewish community didn’t panic because they had Moses who forewarned them about what was to come.
Although we don’t have an Elisha or Moses to guide and reassure us, we have someone greater, Jesus Christ, who tells us not to fear, just believe.
In moments of despair or fear, do you ask God for spiritual sight? If not, ask Him to reveal his presence and protective hand over your life.
Heavenly Father, Your Word tells us to walk by faith and not by sight. Simple words, yet they challenge every part of my being. When darkness is all around, I can become fearful and discouraged. Remind me that You know and care, and Your light dispels all darkness. And as I see the harsh realities this world offers, may I set my sights high as I look to You.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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Irene Wintermyer has a diverse background in medicine and business leadership which gives her a foundation of experience to broach many matters of life. With a zeal for writing, her aspirations are to encourage and ignite others to climb that mountain, reach the summit, and bathe in the blessings of God.
After retiring from her medical career, Irene joined the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild where she learned the art of writing and editing. Irene is also an active online member of Word Weavers. In addition to devotional writing, she is currently working on a Christian fiction novel entitled, Prophecy of The Key. She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More.
Irene’s devotional, Just Joy, won the EABooks Publishing contest at the 2020 Florida’s Writer’s Conference, published in the book, Whispers of Grace.
She currently lives in the sunshine state of Florida with her daughter, son-in-law, and father. Irene’s daughter will attest that her mother is addicted to education. After completing her medical degree, she worked full time while earning an MBA. After retiring as a hospital administrator, Irene attended a Christian college obtaining a degree in Theology. With her passion for writing and a skill for editing, her next goal is to pursue certification as an editor.
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