“Open His Eyes, That He May See”
by Mary Beth Singleterry
In the Bible (II Kings, Chapter 6) there is a story about Elisha. He was surrounded by enemies, and his servant became very fearful and asked him, “Alas, Master! how shall we do?” Elisha answered, “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” Elisha knew that they were surrounded by God’s chariots of fire, that they had tremendous protection, but his servant could not see it. So what did Elisha do? It says in the Bible, “Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
I know in my own experience, when I might have a beloved friend or family member who perhaps is not seeing or being receptive to something I think they should be receptive to, my first impulse is to talk to them, to tell them what to do. In this case, Elisha could have said to his servant, “There are chariots of fire all around us, protecting us. You can’t see them, but they’re really there — maybe someday you’ll see them.” Oh, the wisdom of Elisha! Elisha just prayed to God that his servant’s eyes be opened.
So in the case of a loved one who might not be getting something you feel they should get, perhaps the wise course to take, rather than trying to speak or convince or argue, would be to pray to God and know that God will open their eyes, that God is their Mind, that they have the Mind of Christ and they will see what they need to see. Not to feel so humanly responsible for the situation, but instead, get on your knees in prayer to God.
I have found this to work in my own experience. It might not work immediately, but it does work. God does open their eyes, and people do see what they need to see. It is always God in control, not us humanly, but God’s will be done.
I am so grateful for these Lessons, and for our Bible Studies where we learn so much about each story and how it relates to our own life, right here and right now.