Sunday, August 18, 2013
"I can see farther than my eyes can look"
One day a man took his young daughter on a boat trip. She was so excited because she had never been on the water- had never seen the waves of the ocean. Her anticipation climbed higher as her father drove them quite a distance to a shore, not too far from home, but far enough that the drive seemed endless. She chatted anxiously, and he amused her with stories from the sea. For he used to be a man of the sea, and to him it was just another trip. But to his only daughter, the trip was currently the whole world.
As they arrived at the docks and prepared the boat, the girl anxiously climbed in, excited to feel the wind that her father kept talking about. She was excited to hear what a wave could sound like, and she wasn't even scared of the sharks.
As the ship pulled away from the docks, the child stirred anxiously about the boat, next to her father. He sensed her pleasure, and enjoyed the moment. Her eyes were so wide, taking in the scenery. When he got the boat out in the middle, he stopped and let her stand on the seat to get a look. She looked around carefully at the waves, at the rocks, at the distance. She looked around wide eyed and in awe, and exclaimed "I can see farther than my eyes can look!"
Have you ever been able to see farther than your eyes can look? This girl got it- there is more than meets the surface. How much more can your soul look ahead than your eyes can? How much farther can you see if you open your heart to God's promises?
My eyes can look at the now. My eyes can look at the sadness from losing my baby. My eyes can look at the endless wait for my adopted child. My eyes can look at the surface, but what I can see is so much more. I can see what God has promised me- I can see my house full of tiny feet. I can see my husband being a daddy, and me finally being a mommy. I can see love and laughter and every fulfilled promise that God has told me about.
So next time you see the surface, think about what you are looking at, and when it looks grim or gloomy, try to see farther than you can look.