Back in the mid to late nineteen nineties, well into
the millennium, there was a new phenomenon in picture puzzles. You may recall
seeing them. In newspapers, magazines, books and even at art studios. They
were technically known as sterograms, but we called them magic eye
puzzles. Do you recall seeing those colorful pictures of squiggly lines and
dots which also had captions below them asking, "Can you see the twelve foot
ball players?" or "Can you see the hidden picture?" Like me at first, some of
you may have thought that this was some type of gimmick or trick. I remember
staring at one image until I had a headache. I wanted to see the picture, I
did not want to throw my hands up and say "inconclusive". It was a challenge.
Plus I wanted to know if there was something wrong with my eyes. I would reason
at times that maybe my myopia ( near sightedness) or astigmatism kept me from
seeing these tantalizing images. After all I did believe that it was there. I
just couldn’t see it. Well, as you know there is more to life and lunch breaks
than dwelling on puzzles. I mean after all, it was not one of my great
pursuits, nor did it elevate my blood pressure one iota due to the fact that I could not see the. But one day while reading the newspaper, I saw one. And, this time, the author of the article
gave instructions on how to find the image. You see, you have to look beyond
that which appears to be before you. You cannot rely on just your sight alone.
It takes you being able to disregard what you actually see and look deeper
to the point where your brain’s depth perception takes control. Depth
perception happens in the brain and not the eyes. Once you capture the ability
to tap in on how to see the image, your brain will automatically begin to lock
in and bring what is nonvisible, visible. Thus I could not see every "Magic
Eye" picture puzzle. Of course this got me to thinking…Thinking about realms
of faith and seeing how God sees…. I thought about Elisha. In Kings Chapter 6, how the young
man sees trouble all around, but is told by the prophet, " Fear not: for they
that be with us are more than they that be with them". Elisha then prays… 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 fire.
Elisha looked deep ignoring what may have been n plain view. He looked through
God’s view. Looking past and beyond. The young man got blessed as well since he decided to open his eyes and to look again. Can I challenge you to look again? Keep looking. Every time we view an object, we see something different about it. This brings me to Paul, when on the road to Damascus saw the light from heaven, immediately he submitted himself, while those who were with him did not see the light. Then there was David. From a natural view, it appeared
that he was not ready to be come a King. He was not ranked high enough, nor embellished enough to be considered for such a calling. He had no great titles, no reserved seating, no posse, no royal cloaks that would have qualified him by assumption. But the bible says; "For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." God goes for deep. He looks deep. He looks beyond our fuzzy view.
Talking about kingdom living here! Wow, imagine if we can begin to live within the realm of His Kingdom daily! It can be very liberating. Seeing as God sees liberates us from living in bitterness and un -forgiveness toward those who hurt us. Let’s look at these puzzling situations
that we face in our lives. Do you see a mass of confusion, no direction or clear view? Pray and ask Jesus to allow us see how HE sees. Let’s look through the problem and go into the depths of our spirit and bring faith to the surface. We won’t ignore it, but we tell the problem to move
over for a few minutes… get of the way so that we can see God in this. He has given us all things that pertain to life. The answers are before us, the solutions are before us, the power, the keys…all are before us. We just need…excuse me I just need to begin to practice and master living in
the realm of the kingdom so that I can see and capture what he has set before me. I pray the same for you all.