2 Kings 6:17 “ Then Elisha prayed and said, O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see. So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
We all have painful memories. Memories that hurt to the core every time we revisit that moment through our thoughts. You know the memories I’m referring to. The memories that immediately disrupt your reality and send you back in time to a place of devastation. These become seared into our thoughts and warp our perspectives.
Maybe you have a child that has had to deal with the loss of a parent. Whether this be through death or divorce, it’s a loss. Maybe you are broken from circumstances that were out of your control. Did a horrific divorce leave you questioning your self-worth? Has a death caused you to be reluctant to get close to other people? Is your child experiencing these things too?
In 2 Kings we see Elisha and his servant surrounded by a great army. The situation looked bad to their human eyes. Elisha then began to pray. However, he did not pray for the situation to change or for the circumstances to be different. He prayed that God would open his servant’s eyes so that he may see.
You may be wondering…See what? What did he need to see? I believe that in every painful situation that we face the enemy has lies that he wants us to believe. He wants fear to cripple us so that we can’t be mighty women and men of God. He wants to tear us down and cause us to have a perspective of a situation that is not accurate.
I believe that we can pray the same prayer that Elisha prayed. We can ask God to open our eyes that we may see. We can see that in those painful memories God was still there. Even though the circumstances were bad, God was cheering for you. He was standing there with His arms wide open waiting for you to run into His arms and embrace Him and take rest in Him.
You may have to revisit a painful memory. But first, stop and pray, and ask God to show you exactly where He was in that moment and what He was saying to you. This will completely change your perspective on a situation when you can see it through God’s eyes and love.
No matter what pain you have experienced, God wants to open your spiritual eyes and show you the truth in that moment. God has a truth that He wants to replace the painful memories with so you can look back and see it differently and have healing and peace. He wants you set free from the lies you have believed about yourself.
The truth that you may need to hear could be God saying to you, “I loved you so much in that moment.” or “You don’t have to perform to earn my love or make me proud of you. I love you because you are Mine and I created you.”
Heavenly Father, I ask You to take every hurtful memory that we have ever experienced and show us exactly where You were and what You were saying over us in that exact moment. Replace these memories so that when we do revisit them we see You and with having a different perspective, we can find healing and truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
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What painful situations have you experienced? What lies did the enemy speak, that you can see clearly now? Looking at it beyond the pain, where can you see God’s Love in the situation?
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