Below the surface

God has given us the ability to envision the outcome even before we understand the process that will take us beyond the roadblocks, hazards and detours. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

Vision. When we are able to see past the roadblocks, hazards and detours that so often interrupt life’s journey, it is said that we are visionary. If we possess vision, the ability to see what others might be missing for lack of focus, there is very little in this world that dwells beyond our grasp.

Vision, it is said, is being able to see the things invisible. In other words, that which along the path of life has not as yet happened becomes known simply because you are able to envision what must be the end of that path. We see beyond that which is not yet seen. People who have mastered the ability to do this, see beyond that which is strictly visible, are people who are most often able and, more importantly, willing to conquer the impossible. Things are only impossible when we don’t envision the possibilities that lie beyond them.

Years ago new engineers in the Lamp Division of General Electric were assigned, as a joke, the impossible task of frosting light bulbs on the inside. None of the engineers took the assignment seriously since frosting a bulb on the inside was not a possibility by engineering standards. Eventually, however, an undaunted newcomer named Marvin Pipkin not only found a way to frost bulbs on the inside but developed an etching acid that gave minutely rounded pits instead of sharp depressions. This materially strengthened each bulb. The bulb was a tremendous success and revolutionized the light bulb industry. What seemed impossible on the surface, proved possible when Pipkin was able to see below the surface. Fortunately, no one had told him it couldn’t be done, so he did it. (Bits & Pieces, December, 1989, p. 20-21.)

How do find the ability to see below the surface of things? Does each of us have the ability to envision the possibilities that lie beyond the impossibilities? In fact, God has given you and I just that power, the ability to envision the outcome even before we understand the process that will take us beyond the roadblocks, hazards and detours. The tool He grants is very simple and even the simplest of persons can use it. It’s called prayer. When we are faced with an impossible task, one that looms over us threatening and full of doom, the first thing we ought not to lose is hope. In our hope that God will deliver even that which seems impossible, He urges us to turn to prayer and not be afraid to ask of Him that which might seem, on the surface, impossible. God has defeated entire armies with but a touch of His finger. Here is a resource that no Christian ought to ignore or despise. Seeing the possibilities beyond the impossibilities awaits us if only we know where to find the power. Thus armed, much that is invisible may quickly become visible in your life.

We pray. Heavenly Father, we tend to look at life from a surface perspective, the perspective that sees only what appears and not what may be lying below the appearance. We see roadblocks and hazards not for what that might be if we stopped to look, but what they are because they stand in our way. Forgive us Lord when we fail to understand that much of what you do rests beneath, around, above and inside the problems in life. Help us to trust you before we trust our faulty senses and ideas. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)

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