Open Your Eyes

I've decided to stray away from the fresh encounter series to post about an issue that is currently going on in my life.

After my grandmother's passing there has been some family drama (which is natural) and sides have been taken. My mother and uncle have been doing some distasteful things which caused me to leave my home to move into a better environment until I graduate. This caused them to be bitter, rude and overall indifferent to me and my well-being. My family, the people I've known all of my life turned against me and my other family members who have been innocent throughout this whole situation. I began to feel depressed, lonely, and unwanted. I haven't been able to properly grieve and I've been having consecutive mind battles due to this stressful situation.

I began to be discouraged about my future, who I am in Christ and if the situation will get better or not. It's so funny how through all this worrying and stressing I've been doing, the time I need to pray the most, I neglect to. I looked to the world for answers to a problem that God can only solve.  God keeps good books and guards the people that He loves. A particular biblical story came to me during this storm in my life and it's the story of Elisha and his servant.  The story is how the King of Syria got word that Elisha was giving the King of Israel his plans that he was making in private.  The King of Syria sent an army to go seize Elisha and his servants. Elisha's servant was so worried and afraid of the King's army and how outnumbered they were. Elisha prayed a powerful prayer and something amazing happened: 

“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. And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.”‭‭ - 2 Kings‬ ‭6:17-18

This showed me that the God of angel armies is always fighting on the behalf of those He loves.... I just had to open my eyes. The world had blinded me and made me only see things on a physical realm but I forgot that the battle isn't an earthly battle it's a spiritual one. Which led me to the scripture Eph 6:12 - "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places". 

Now that my eyes are opened, I'm not worried about the enemies coming against me or the battle ahead. I trust God that he is in control and that he will see me through the other side.  

Alexis Blanchard