““Lord,” they said, “we want to see!””
“Is this the island? Or is that the shore?”
“That’s the island. That’s shore.” Hubby’s finger pointed in the opposite direction to my query.
I can’t see a break in the shore anywhere. I don’t think we can get through here. This is going to be a big waste of time.
He’s always sure.
I scanned the tree line again. I honestly couldn’t see a break in the green and grey which would indicate a space to slip into the bay beyond, but then my eyes aren’t so great.
I trust my navigator.
We rounded a bend. Was that – ?
Yes. An opening, a place to squeeze a kayak through. The closer we got, the clearer it appeared.
Then, a surprise.
The place I thought we were headed toward wasn’t right at all. I could see the destination more to the left. I pointed with my paddle. I was gracious – no one likes a know-it-all.
Navigator had always been headed that way. It was only in my mind that we were pointed in the wrong direction.
It just took a bit of perspective to be able to see more clearly where we needed to go.
Did you catch the watery lesson?
In this story from Mathew, a bunch of blind men were letting Jesus know what they wanted from him. They wanted to see! And while I am sighted and can’t relate to their heartbreaking predicament physically, I sure have been blind in other ways. And the cry of my heart is so often, Lord, I want to see!
I want to see past obstacles in my path. I want to see what the next step should be. I want to see if there is danger ahead. I want to know what to say, what to do.
I want to see.
And my time in a kayak has taught me this.
Everything looks different with time and proximity.
Sometimes, you can only see the rocks and trees, the obstacles in your path. There is no way out. There is no way through.
And then your position in the water changes – and there it is! A placid bay, a gorgeous vista, a small space to navigate through. A place in which to dock. A spot to hide from a storm. A secret fishing haven. A quiet and secluded getaway from the everyday.
And you couldn’t see it one minute before.
Do you want to see?
Past your problems. Around the next decision. Over the hurdles. Beyond the pain.
Trust your Navigator.
It’s there. I promise you.
Wait for a shift in perspective with me?
Father, we need to be so close before we see the answers. Remind us to wait, to ride out the views that look impossible, to trust that You are doing something wonderful to get us through to our destination. Amen.