Do You Have Eyes That See?
Looking back on my late childhood and early adolescence, I grappled with the legitimacy of spiritual realities. I presume I watched too many episodes of “Scooby Doo.” Every time they witnessed an extraordinary phenomenon, it turned out to be “Old man Robinson” or another shyster in a costume. Spiritual existences were always a hoax.
Throughout my childhood, people assured me that monsters weren’t real. Although witnessing shadowy forms moving through my bedroom, my family insisted that I was alone when they closed the door at night. Anything supernatural was looked upon with suspicion. So many of my friends and acquaintances declared that spiritual forces weren’t real. It was simply a hoax.
In time, I turned into a skeptic, dismissive of everything I could not see, touch, or taste.
My unfounded skepticism was reminiscent of what took place in the nation of Siam two hundred years ago. At that time, the Dutch ambassador had dinner with the King of Siam. The monarch loved the diplomat’s colorful narratives about Europe. That is, until he declared that Dutch lakes would become so hard in winter, elephants could walk across them. The king, only acquainted with warmer climates, thought this was outrageous. He reiterated to his whole court that the Dutch ambassador was a liar.
It’s easy to chuckle at this story, but we are also inhibited by our worldviews. It's assumed that if an object is "real," you will see it. But you can’t observe all that exists. There is invariably more than your senses can detect.
Today, individuals in the West need to recognize that mystery surrounds us. There’s always more in scope of God's Kingdom than you are positioned to observe. I invite you to move beyond skepticism and embrace the inexplicable. There are dazzling realms beyond your field of vision.
--“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" (2 Kings 6 3:16-17).