With Open Eyes

“The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.  I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.””  Genesis 12:1-3

This is just one of many stories in the Bible where God asked someone to take a big step of faith.  In Abram’s (Abraham’s) case he followed God’s guidance.  In the case of another Biblical figure, Jonah, he was much less willing to go.  Jonah chose eventually to go on the journey, but he went miserable.  He chose to see the people of Nineveh as unworthy of God’s love, and as a result his story in the Bible ends with him unhappy with his lot in life.  Abraham chose to take an active role in his God-directed journey and while it didn’t all go right, his story ends with him at peace.

We too have a choice at how we see our lives, those around us and the world we live in.  We can see people go hungry and feel sorry for them but not do anything, we can also see people who are hungry and help by donating time or money to help them.  One of the greatest gifts God has given us is the ability to see beyond what is visible to just the human eye.

This week when you face problems and challenges that seem insurmountable, stop and take a fresh look at the situation with your eyes and heart open to what God would show you.  You’ll be able to react better to the situation, handle it with grace and clarity and come out of the situation with pride and peace knowing that you did the best you could.   There is always more than one story to each person and situation, it’s up to us to accept that truth is often not displayed at face value, and see what God sees in a person or situation, including ourselves and our story.

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