Beautiful Blue Eyes
My 16 year old daughter has incredible blue eyes. Light blue like a cloudless summer day. I specifically asked God to have a daughter with blue eyes and it seemed out of the ordinary in the natural since my husband’s eyes are amber-gold and mine are green. When I look at her I remember how God answered my prayer.
This morning she woke up with one of her beautiful eyes swollen nearly shut. She had been complaining about it the day before and it had been red. I was talking to God about it and I pictured her accidentally putting some facial cleanser in her eye. I asked her about that when she got home from school and she said with her eyes wide, “yes, I did and it was that eye!”
Well, we commanded the pain and infection to leave and for her eye to be restored last night before she went to bed. This morning it was swollen shut. The temptation is to remember the last time I had prayed about something and didn’t receive what I had prayed for. Then with a vengeance I want to go and aggressively fight against that thing– how dare it defy the Name of Jesus! The problem though is this- if I focus on the last time I had failed to receive and I pray from that point of view then I am not praying in faith. I am praying from fear. I am afraid of repeating what happened before so I get aggressive inside and rear up and attack! What I need to do, is to remember that the Name of Jesus is not a mantra to chant over a problem, and the Word of God is not a book filled with principles that I apply to my situation. The Word lives in me. I am at rest in the finished work of Jesus. I already prayed about my daughter’s eye; and looking at how swollen it is now will not make me pull back my faith and add it to my list of failures. Instead, I am thanking God that He is Lord over all things. I am thanking God that Jesus paid the price and that my daughter is valuable to Him. Her swollen eye has nothing to do with the truth and I will not let what my eyes see make my head think that God isn’t answering. He already answered… through JESUS.
My experience will not be bigger in my heart than the truth of what Jesus did on the whipping post and on the cross. My thoughts will not be exalted above the knowledge of my Father who loves us and knows our value. I am not trying to get a breakthrough because the stone has already been rolled away! I remain in faith, believing… that is enough.
I know that there are many out there who are going through something right now. Beloved, do not take back your faith. If you have prayed and it is 8 days later and that thing still ‘looks’ no different; do not change your mind about faith. Do not formulate a thought in your mind that ‘maybe God doesn’t answer all the time’…. or maybe God chooses who He heals and who He doesn’t. Remain steadfast and immovable. You believe with your heart, not with your head. So let your heart triumph over your head today.