Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Eyes Wide Open


"O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!"
2 Kings 6:17a NLT
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This is for the days that one cookie isn't quite enough... this is for the days that you would like to have a cookie IV attached to your arm. 

This is for the weeks that just will not let up, and the weekend that isn't looking much lighter.

This is for the months that have been booked solid with doctor appointments, schedule changes, emergencies and pain. Every. Single. Day.

This is for the years that you have gone without a break. (Shoot - the closest you come to a vacation is the daydreaming you do when you're stuck at a red light in your minivan.) 

This message from God isn't for just any old day. This is for the day that you're secretly praying for Jesus to make his second coming because you really don't know if you can take it much longer. 

Here it is: 
You are surrounded by an army of angels. Right now.
And they aren't just there to look pretty.
God's got your back.

Here's the Bible account that reminds me of this when I feel ready to throw in the towel. In 2 Kings, when Elisha was surrounded by his enemies, his servant cried out in fear, "Ah, my lord, what will we do now?" 
"Don't be afraid!" Elisha told him. "For there are more on our side than on theirs!" Then Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!" The LORD opened his servant's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. (2 Kings 6:16-17 NLT)
On our worst days, when we are ready to cry out "Ah, my LORD, what will we do now?" what if we instead pause and ask him to open our eyes to the army of help he has surrounding us? I bet we would be shocked to see the truth.

PRAY: Dear Lord, sometimes the enemies we face aren't aren't as obvious as army in a chariots of fire, but they are just as daunting. We humbly ask you to open our eyes to the army of help you have surrounded us with - from angels to awesome promises in the Bible and everything in between, we place our struggles in your hands. Amen.


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