Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What Do You See?

Have you been in a conflict with a close friend or relative that seemed irreconcilable because you can’t seem to get on the same page, to see things the same way? One of the challenges of relationships is that others don't always see things the way you do. But what really matters is not my view or yours, but to see what God is doing.

When Elisha’s servant saw the hordes of soldiers surrounding Jerusalem, Elisha saw God's horses and chariots of fire. When, as the Egyptian armies thundered on them, the Israelites saw the Red Sea as a dead end, Moses saw God’s clear path of deliverance. When the exiled Jews returning to build the walls of Jerusalem encountered obstruction and harassment, Nehemiah saw opportunity for unity and communicated a vision that resulted in the people seeing the finished project.

When others don't see what you see, or can’t, do what Elisha, Moses, and Nehemiah did. Look to see what God is doing. Yes, you should communicate what you see with clarity and conviction, but with a teachable spirit. And trust that the Holy Spirit will cause you both to see God's will and way. In the end, it isn’t my view or your view that matters. So when we find ourselves in one of these irreconcilable conflicts, let us pray as the Psalmist did: "open my eyes"
(Ps. 119:18).

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