Whilst racing out the door, have you ever frantically looked for your car keys, and then after an agonising search discovered them on the kitchen bench right in front of your eyes? It happens to me more often than I like.
It seems that what we can see is rarely a matter of whether or not we have 20/20 vision.
When Moses and the Israelites escaped from Egypt, they crossed the desert towards Canaan, the land the Lord had promised to give them. As they got closer, they sent out spies to see what this new land was like. After exploring the land, the spies reported to the people that it flowed with milk and honey and showed them some of the good fruit of the land. But they also told them that the people living there were powerful and their cities were very large. Of the twelve spies, only Caleb and Joshua told the people that they should take the land. The Israelites weren’t convinced. The discouraging report of the rest of the spies overruled, and the people decided not to go. As a result, the Lord made them wander in the desert for 40 years until that whole generation had died (Numbers 13-14, Deut 1:19ff).
The concern of the spies was the size of the inhabitants rather than the promise of God. Given their limited resources, all they saw was an impossible task ahead of them. What they didn’t see was the LORD of the impossible, who reveals the required resources at the necessary time.
In life, I face big and small challenges that appear to be beyond my ability and resources. When I look to God, I find some of these challenges cease to be an issue because they lose their importance, while for other challenges God gives me the right resources at the right time as I step out in faith.
What I see really depend on where I’m looking. As you look at your life, what do you see?