Eyes that work are a wonderful thing. So much beauty in creation to look upon – the colors, the shapes, the movements. I’ve been wearing glasses now for almost 16 years. I am neither far nor near-sighted. Everything is blurry and up close things turn double. Thank goodness for corrective lenses. Without them, I can still see far, only then everything is distorted.
On our journey in life this happens. Things get distorted or they can get blurred from our vision. Things fade out of sight or never appear on the horizon. When entering a trial or a season of waiting, it can become discouraging when you don’t see things happen, especially when they don’t happen as you want them to. For example, I am still job searching. I have applied to countless positions for 4+ months, let alone these past two years, and I have not had any doors of opportunities open. I am discouraged. I can’t see ahead to a job offer. I can’t see ahead to provisions that I desperately need. Despite all my effort, there’s been no progress. I doubt (in completely honesty, too often) because I cannot see.
“For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for Him!” Isaiah 64:4 NLT
“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him”—’ 1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV
When experiencing difficulty, when feeling blind to life, it’s hard to see the purpose in it. It’s hard to see how much longer will things be the way they are. But the truth of the matter is, it will not be like this forever. Just because we cannot see does not mean the same for God.
God’s vision for us goes beyond what our human eyes can glimpse.
God’s sight goes farther and farther until the end of time. He sees all just as He knows all. He knows what will come around the corner and three months from now. He sees the few steps ahead and the years to come. He knows the blessings that are coming, for me and for you. He’s planned them, according to His will, to spring forth for us to perceive in His divine timing.
“He is always doing something — the very best thing, the thing we ourselves would certainly choose if we knew the end from the beginning. He is at work to bring us to our full glory.” Elisabeth Elliot
Our vision is limited. We can’t see past fog or mountain ranges. We can’t see from one end of the ocean to the other. We simply see a small portion of what lies before us, a minuscule piece of the puzzle, and even then we don’t see it all. Yet, God sees the whole universe and the complete timeline.
“Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 NLT
“You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and the hand of the LORD shall be known to His servants,” Isaiah 66:14 ESV
You can trust God in your present and future; with what your eyes can see and what is beyond your ability to gaze upon. We will see His goodness. We will see His hand at work in our lives. Don’t be discouraged that you cannot see what God is putting into place and how He’s been planning.
By not having you see, God tests your faith to be true, to be strong; to believe in His vision for your life and not in your own.
“There are times in our Christian life when we cannot see beyond the next step and we have to trust God.” Alistair Begg
When you can’t see the outcome and are unsure of the future, hold fast to the fact that God sees what it holds. He will not let harm come to you. What’s ahead is His blessings. In His timing we will come to see and experience them. Through your faith and trust in Him you will see His goodness, His faithfulness. That is what’s coming up over your horizon.