Walking along the beach one morning I asked the Set-Apart Spirit to show me a new revelation, something new that would give me insight into what the Father’s desire was. I had been walking along the water edge and focusing on the strip of sand within my line of vision. I raised my head and extended my focus to the horizon and spotted a pod of dolphins playing in the waves a short distance from the shoreline. I watched in wonder as these beautiful creatures leapt from the water. Then I spotted three sea birds bobbing on the water, they took off and dove into the depths, obviously there must have been a shoal of fish that both the dolphins and birds were chasing. By now I was excited and my eyes no longer focused on the sand in front of me. I started to spontaneously praise YHWH for the beauty of His creation.
I continued to walk along the beach and became aware of the beautiful bird song that was flowing from the sand dunes where beautiful Australian native trees and bush grew. The sound of the birds was sweet and gentle in contrast to the breaking waves on the shoreline. I turned my focus to the trees and bush lining the beach and to my surprise spotted a Kangaroo hopping along the top of the dune and disappearing into the bush. At that particular moment I recall being overwhelmed with wonder at the diversity of this small parcel of paradise.
Then it dawned on me. Everyday this very environment surrounded me, this environment that was so full of life. The bush with the birds, marsupials and creepy crawlies. The sea with dolphins, sharks and fish. Just because I don’t see them every single day does not mean they are not there. That day was different because I had extended my focus, I had stopped looking down and looked up and beyond my next step. I began pondering how often I did not see things and missed details because my focus was not extended (spiritually) but was focused in a comfort zone (normality). I would not have seen this wildlife had I not averted my eyes and adjusted my focus. Those animals would still have been there but I would have missed them. It made me realise that if I wanted new revelations I had to be prepared to extend my focus and vision. I needed to rather pray for a renewed mind and open eyes.
We live in a world where the focus in on the physical and the now. However, we are created in the image of YHWH meaning that we are spiritual. In Ephesians 6:12 we read: For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. These are forces unseen and we need to refocus, readjust our vision. There is that song, “Open the eyes of my heart Lord, I want to see You.” We need to ensure that we train in the spirit so that we can worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24). So that we are filled with His Spirit and are able to see and know His will. This is the core of faith, believing in the unseen and living by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).
It is also important that we learn to set ourselves apart from the daily distractions and come into a place of quietness in His presence. In is in these times that we can ask for new revelations, for guidance, and just be in His glorious presence. Where we tear our heart, open our ears, and sometimes close our mouth to listen to His voice. To be renewed, refreshed, and empowered by His Spirit. To be filled with His Spirit so that we can esteem our Father. Life is busy, but this makes readjusting our vision to things unseen all the more important.
Be encouraged today to notice something normally unseen, to find a quiet spot and wait upon His revelation. May He reveal His love to you, that you are His precious one, the apple of His eye. May you be encouraged to seek His will and to lean on His Spirit of Truth to guide and council you. Be blessed today to know that you have been chosen by the King of Kings. Amen