Gina Caswell Kelly
When it came time to choose a king for Israel, God sent Samuel out to find the man He had chosen for the job. Samuel went over to Jesse’s place. He knew Jesse had all these boys and they were all fine men. They looked good, and from all outward appearances, any one of them would have been great king. As they passed, one by one in front of Samuel, God kept saying. “That is not the one. That is not the one.” Finally, Samuel asked Jesse if that was all the boys. Jesse said, “No, the young one is out tending the sheep.” So Samuel told them to call this one in. This one was David. And, as soon as Samuel saw him, God said, “ No more calls. We have a winner!” Well, maybe that wasn’t exactly what God said, but it is exactly what He meant. The one whom God had prepared for this moment was in the house.
While any one of the brothers probably would have been alright, they weren’t he one that God had picked out for the job. And Samuel knew God had someone chosen. God had warned Samuel to not just look with his eyes. He needed to look with Godly eyes. God said, “Do not consider his appearance or his height. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
You have to learn to look with God’s eyes, if you want to see the whole picture. When we only look at the surface, we only see earthly things. When we try to look through God’s eyes, we see a little bit deeper. You begin to see things as God sees them. What looks like terrible trouble to you, God sees as a great opportunity that is going to come your way. Bad things happen. This is a fact of life. But, we have to learn to look at those bad things with eyes that want to truly see what good can come from this.
When Mike Kelly died, he and I were mulling over some plans. We thought we were going to buy a new house. But, for whatever reason, each house we looked at went to someone else. I remember a conversation we had about waiting for God’s timing. We waited, and soon, Mike was gone from my life here on earth. If we had jumped ahead of God’s timing. If we had chosen to just look from our own eyes, things would have been so difficult for me later on. Financially, obviously, but the loss of the memories. I would have had no memories with Mike in that house or with my kids. Instead, we followed Him. We looked with His eyes and I had a home to come back to that truly was my home. God knew where we were going. He knew the path ahead. Thank God today that we trusted His eyes in this!
We see what we want to see. God sees what really is. We may look at someone and see filthiness or laziness. God looks at those same people and sees their potential. He sees possibility where we see pain. He so desperately wants us to look at our world with His eyes. Our pains. Our decisions. Our worries. Even our joys. They all take on a brighter glow when we seek out God’s eyes. When we take the time to see what God is seeing.
Be intentional about looking with God’s eyes as your view your world. It will make a difference.