As a little girl, I knew two unarguable truths about cats.
- They were good at catching mice.
- They were good at reproducing themselves.
Both were important to me because I hated mice and loved kittens.
Our mama cat most often obliged me by having her litter in the dog house where I could easily find the kittens. After a day or two, she always welcomed my presence and didn’t seem to mind too much if I peeked in to see the little balls of fur.
Baby kittens were such an enigma to me. Born with their eyes closed, they wouldn’t open them until sometime in the second week of their life. I noticed that once they did open, every one of their eyes looked the same deep color of blue until they were about three weeks old. At that point, eye colors slowly began to emerge.
I talked to our veterinarian about them and found out that kittens are born blind. Their eyes are not fully developed at birth, so they remain closed while they mature. Even after their eyes do open, they still can’t see clearly. It takes another week or more for the iris and pupil to completely develop.
As I think back about those little kittens, I see some spiritual similarities. Without Christ, we too are spiritually blind. In fact, we will never see the Unseen One until we stop seeking by sight and begin to use our faith eyes (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Truth isn’t that which we see with our physical eyes, but that which is revealed by the Invisible One (2 Corinthians 4:18). When a person finally turns to the Father, his blindness is healed (2 Corinthians 3:16). The Lord lifts away the covering and allows the seeker to stare at His brilliant glory with an unveiled eye (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The more we gaze at Truth, the more He will uncover insight and understanding. It’s a lifetime process; one that takes much more time that the cornea development of our kittens.
On the other hand, the more we look only at the things which are temporal and physical, the harder it will be to see the unseen and eternal. In fact, depending too much on our physical eyes will dim our vision of the spiritual.
Elisha’s servant relied only upon his physical eyes and the situation surrounding him looked very grim. But when Elisha prayed that his servant’s eyes be opened, he saw the Truth in his circumstances. His eyes of faith saw the Divine protection with a spiritual perception unavailable to his ordinary eyes (2 Kings 6:8:17).
Today, whether you pray for yourself or someone else who desperately needs Truth, ask as Elisha did: “O Lord, open ________ eyes that they may see” (2 Kings 6:17).
May it be granted to you just as it was granted to Elisha: “And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around” (2 Kings 6:17).
It will be done to you according to your measure of belief (Matthew 9:29).
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