Today’s Truth “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…” (Ephesians 1:18 NIV).
Friend to Friend
I looked out the window, my mind trailing off beyond the house cleaning I needed to do and far past the trail of kid items I would soon need to pick up.
My life should be more, I thought. My years should add up to more than where I am today. I am getting older. If only I had more money, then I could… If people didn’t treat me like this, then I would be in a better place. If I was smarter, more gifted, or if I had more faith, then I would…
Somehow, I am not where I thought I would be. How did this happen? How did I end up here?
Maybe, like me, you wonder how you got where you are. To a place where dreams seem distant, hope feels fading, and the purposes of God feel hindered and unreachable?
I’ve found that in a place like this, it’s easy for mind rumination, mental theories, and mental blockages to be present — and falsely I feel that problems are bigger than God’s power and provision to breakthrough.
Ever been there? Some of us may be there right now. Are you trapped in a job? Lost to real purpose? Hopeless in a marriage? Marginalized in a position? Looking out a window to something hoped for but blocked by a barrier?
Looking out a window to nowhere can feel debilitating and demoralizing. Powerless. Trapping, even.
Yet, recently I discovered that I am not the only one who stared out a window to a land that appeared unreachable. Many of us know C.S. Lewis. He wrote the famed Narnia series. Apparently, his mom, afraid of sickness, often wouldn’t let him go outside. So, through the barricaded windows of his house, he stared out into the green lands of Castlereagh Hills of Ireland. Through what probably seemed like iron gates holding him in, Lewis’ imaginative mind ventured out to play and create adventures with God, right from his own prison.
Today, many of us have been blessed to experience the Narnia story in book or on the big screen. Multitudes have been impacted thanks to Lewis’ words.
Like Lewis, we are wise to never box God in. He is greater, higher, and more powerful than any limitations we set upon ourselves.
Instead of seeing hindrances, Lewis saw God. His spiritual eyes, more than his natural eyes, freed him.
This reminds me of the apostle Paul’s prayer. He prayed, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…” (Ephesians 1:18 NIV).
The reality is there is no window view, situation, or perception that is unredeemable when God is involved. There is no powerless prison God can’t turn into a powerful purpose. There is no vision that is too horrible for God to redeem, if only we have eyes to see.
My friend, I know the pain is real, but more real than anything we feel is our Savior’s ability to do something good and redeeming in that very place of hurt, if only we have eyes to see. If only we are willing to receive what He has for us. If only we look for His hope in seemingly hopeless quandaries.
It is never easy to come face-to-face with pain. I know. I get it. But, if we venture out and take the risk, we just may find whole new lands of joy and peace. We just may find that God is there. We may discover God is ready, able, and willing to help us. We may realize that we are never left alone.
Enlightened eyes see new horizons of hope.
Dear Lord, I pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened to know the hope to which You have called us. There are riches of glorious inheritance, for us, Your holy people. Help us to remember all we have in You, Christ Jesus. In You, there is always hope.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
How have you lost hope? What barriers, blockades, prisons, or mental arguments loom large before you? What new vision may you gain when you remember God’s promises? How does this restore your hope?
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Good morning, Kelly your message is so timely for my current situation. I am 66 yrs old, working from home, I have been single for many years. My adult children live on their own and have their own families. I don’t mind living alone in my home of 20+yrs. My disappointment are my sister is much less independent than me. She came to stay for a short term in March of 2021, she was in the process of getting divorced. Fast forward to the present her divorce is finalized but she has no plans for her future, or moving out of my home.
I’m seeking God’s plan to direct me and lead me in love to let her know it is time for her to stand on her own two feet take responsible for herself and break the chain of of her dependence on me and living in my home which has clearly become her comfort zone.
I feel so selfish in my desire to be able to end my work day and just be silent. Instead my home is filled with distractions and noise. My sister doesn’t work and has an entitlement attitude due to her past back surgeries. She uses her self perceived disability as a crutch selectively when it suits her purpose. She has no intention on gaining a real job therefore she is here most of the time.
I sit “looking out the window” seeking God’s guidance in moving her out and getting my peace back. I work by choice I have a good income to support myself. This situation however has changed my attitude into bitterness, anger, anxiety, and fear of breaking the bond of a relationship with my sister in letting her know she needs to move. I want and deserve my space!
I do have your book, “Rest Now”. Please pray for direction, guidance, and God’s will. Thank you in his love Debbie
Thank you Kelly for your devotional today. It’s prodding me to seek The Narnia series to read. I too often seem to wonder how I got here and I want more. My connection with God is growing. Thankfully, I am beginning to open up to people about my struggles and trust God to see me through them. I will pray for Debbie to find strength to face her sister and lovingly be honest with her.
This is my life at 60 l,I am trusting and having faith God will work it out.
Lauren Daigle has a couple of songs that inspire this same thoughts for me….the song Rescue repeats ‘ I will send an army to find you in the middle of the hardest fight’ and the song Hold On which repeats that when I close doors God has opened, when I am unable to move…..hold on. I have loved this devotion so much
I agree with every factor that you have pointed out. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts on this.