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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Seeing is Believing

"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law." (Psalm 119: 18)
There is a lovely story in the Bible about a prophet called Elijah and his servant, Elisha. Elijah has been training Elisha to be his successor. His time on earth is coming to an end.

"And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan.

And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over." (2 Kings 2: 9-14)
Now it is written that Elisha saw Elijah being taken up to heaven in a "chariot of fire." What is being described is that Elisha could see with his inner vision. An observer without inner vision would have seen Elijah disappear into thin air, but Elisha saw there was a reality of Light that Elijah had vanished into. Elisha's ability to see granted him his request. In fact, the power was not Elijah's to bestow but that of God. Elisha had demonstrated that he had the inner vision which made him a worthy successor.

Later on during Elisha's ministry, he and his servants are surrounded by a Syrian army who have been sent to capture him. When Elisha's servant sees the army, he is frightened but Elisha assures him they are safe. "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them." His servant is not pacified. Elisha asks God to open his servant's inner vision so he can see reality as it is. Elisha's servant is able to see that "the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." (2 Kings 6: 17) Elisha's spirit army is able to make the army temporarily blind.

Here we see that Elisha trusts more in what appears to many as the invisible realm. His miracles are based on his trust in Spirit than in what he experiences with his senses.

"Seeing is believing" is absolute truth but not seeing with the "physical senses." It is an inner vision where if you can "see" it with your inner sight, it is done. If you look around you and see only forms you are seeing only in parts. The real world is filled with Light. All that we experience, even darkness, is encapsulated in radiant Light. But our eyes have to be open, the way Elisha's eyes were open, to bring this reality of Light into physical manifestation.

I see reality as it is.

Love and Light,