photo credit: - supposedly the Virgin Mary's image on a potato.

I love to fish, and if there is one thing fisherman do well, it’s exaggerating. The “fish-tale” is a common idiom for exaggeration of an actual event. I used to fish a lot more than I do now, but when I did, my friends and I would call each other to brag about the day’s fishing. Inevitably a potential whopper that suspends belief would spew out.

You’ve said it: “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Other variations are, “photograph of it or it didn’t happen,” and “where’s the vid?” Sometimes we hear things that seem so outrageous that we just can’t believe it until we see it. Our eyes and ears must have mutual confirmation for us to believe it. So, we demand proof.

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.
(Luke 1:18-19)

Sometimes, we do see, yet we still do not believe. I am pretty sure that if an angel was standing in front of me, I would believe what he told me. Luke 1:12 says he was “gripped with fear,” so it’s not like he didn’t know who/what he was looking at. Yet, he asked for proof! That just blows my mind.

Sometimes someone will ask me to pray for something, and when the issue gets resolved they tell me that I don’t have to pray anymore because it worked out somehow. “SOMEHOW???” Just because things appear to be readily explainable by the natural does not mean it was devoid of the Supernatural God’s handiwork.

Sigh. Well, you know, I’m guilty of it too, and I’m sure you sometimes are too. Is it because we don’t believe in the divine miracle anymore? Is it because we have been desensitized to the work of the Holy Spirit? Is it because we’re afraid to accept that the work of God is actually the work of God?

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha
(2 Kings 6:15-17)

The battle was won. I wonder what the other soldiers, the ones whose eyes were not opened, thought of the events of that day. Did they attribute what they did see to the handiwork of God?

Father, help me to see you in everything that you touch, so that I can praise you before others.

13 thoughts on “believe.your.eyes”

  1. Amen! I echo your prayer…may we see God at work and even when we don’t may we rest assured of His presence and involvement in our lives.

    As to the fish stories… I never was much for fishing, but I was a freestyle rock climber…same principles or lack of apply. Show me proof of you on that rock face without ropes, or I will not believe it.

  2. May I attribute it to His Glory. What an awesome prayer.

    As to fish stories, they say there are catfish big enough to swallow a man whole in the Ohio River. I was told this by someone and I believe them.

  3. God is involved in everything. Here’s a quick story about what happened last night.

    I was all geared up to go on a road bike trip. We were going to put in about 30 miles or so. Anyways as I was loading my bike on the truck I set my phone on the bumper of the truck, and yes you know the rest of the story. It feel off just out of the drive way. I got down to the corner and realized what I did. I turned around and started looking for the phone. Maybe 2/10ths of a mile, it was no where to be found. I walked up and down the road several times and could not find it. A few hours later a girl that lives on the next road over calls my wife and tells here that she has the phone and we can get it after she gets done with bible study. I get the phone back unbroken, in perfect working order. Now I ask you, do you think that God had nothing to do with that? I think he saved me from something that was going to happen on my bike ride. What a great and loving God we have.

  4. I finally got to read it and it is a great post! 🙂 It reminds me of Jesus’ story of Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man wanted Lazarus to go back and warn his family, but Abraham told him that if they wouldn’t believe the eternal word and prophets, they wouldn’t believe a person come back to life. You have to believe to see it. We get so confused sometimes. Thanks Herb.

  5. This reminds me of everytime I go to the doctor, and they bring up the fact that I have fibromyagia, and I tell them that I had that, but now I am healed because God healed me from that a year ago. They look at me like I’m crazy, but I just say look at them and laugh back. God is real in every aspect. I don’t believe in coincedences. I believe everything happens for a reason, because God saw fit for it to. We don’t receive checks in the mail from a bill collector just because. That is a way of God blessing us. We don’t get healed from diseases just because. God is a big God, and nothing is impossible for him as long as we have faith and believe that it’s possible. God says to have faith as small as a grain of a mustard seed, and we can move mountains. Great word Herb!

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