“Early in the morning a servant of the Holy Man got up and went out. Surprise! Horses and chariots surrounding the city! The young man exclaimed, “Oh, master! What shall we do?” He said, “Don’t worry about it—there are more on our side than on their side.” Then Elisha prayed, “O God, open his eyes and let him see.” The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw. A wonder! The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha!” 2 Kings 6:15-17
When you place a glass of water in front of a group of people, they will have different perspectives. Some will say that it is half full, while others will say that it is half empty. It is the same glass of water, but their perspective changes the way they see it.
Our ability to trust God has a lot to do with perspective. Elisha and his servant were experiencing the same situation. They were being attacked, surrounded by an enemy army. However, Elisha saw beyond the facts. He gave us a little glimpse into God’s strong, helping hand in our times of need. God was present, ready to help Elisha and his servant. Elisha and his servant were looking at the same challenge, but Elisha had a different perspective. He saw God in the midst of his need. Imagine the servant’s shock when he saw the mountainside full of God’s army. His perspective of God was small, making his problem seem large. Elisha knew the greatness of God, and his faith gave him the ability to see God. In the midst of being surrounded, ask God to open your eyes to see His presence in your situation. Ask God to renew your perspective.