I want to share part of a prayer from October 18, 2014 (Month 7 Day 21). My journal records that I considered offering a blessing but was led to understand that it was unnecessary. I simply began: Hello Father. The Divine responded:
The Divine continued:
My son, listen, just listen, yes listen, listen to me, yes to me.
You think I should listen in order to understand and then do what I understand?
My reader thinks yes. Well, so do I.
With that in mind, consider that the Divine continued by asking a question:
What do you see?
In this prayer, that was the first time that the Divine asked me that question, and that question is the impetus of this part of the prayer.
In the prayer, I provided no answer to that question. But the Divine didn’t initially answer the question. Instead the Divine conveyed:
So the Divine seems to be declaring that I see. But it seems that the Divine is asking me to consider vision. What is it that I really observe? The Divine continued:
It’s me you see, yes see.
Okay, wait a minute. The Divine conveyed that it was the Divine that I was seeing. Yet isn’t the Divine unseen?
My answer, yes. My reasoning is that the Divine is unseen because Jesus said the Divine is spirit.
Still, a question remains: what does it mean to “see” the Divine?
I hope that as I navigate this Installment I am able to provide the beginning of an answer that question, at least to some degree.
Returning to the prayer, the Divine returned to the question that was just asked:
What do you see?
This is where the discussion about seeing becomes important and intriguing.
Yet, I want my reader to consider that moment. Physically, I saw my paper, my pen, my hand, my prayer unfolding in front of me. But spiritually, I was engaging in prayer. It is kind of like being in two places at once, knowing that I am here on this earth, yet experiencing transcendental conversation, if I can use that phrase.
But the question “What do you see?” is actually quite important, and leads into a major thought that is revealed. The Divine continued:
For me to see, eyes I need.
Wait! Is the Divine claiming to have physical eyes?
Being that the Divine is spirit, my answer is no. So that which the Divine is conveying seems then to be using the concept of eyes in what appears to be a metaphoric application.
With that in mind, consider that the Divine continued:
You need eyes too, but what kind of eyes?
Okay. This actually provides clarification. The Divine continued:
Eyes of blue? Eyes of teal? Eyes of green, brown, or black?
Confused? Hopefully not, but if so it will become clear that the Divine is not referring to physical eyes, even though physical eye color were involved in the prayer.
It becomes known that the Divine is not referring to physical eyes, because the Divine answered the question with a single word:
That should reveal and make clear that the Divine is NOT referring to physical eyes. No matter the color, no matter how majestic, the physical eyes are actually unneeded.
But the Divine does not leave it there. The Divine continued:
Eyes of spirit.
Eyes of spirit, those eyes certainly are NOT physical.
But, the question becomes: what type of spiritual eyes?
I ask that question because there are many kinds of spiritual eyes. I give three very general descriptions regarding spiritual eyes.
One, spiritually dark eyes – they see and do evil.
Two, spiritually blind eyes – they see nothing spiritual, neither evil nor good.
Three, spiritually bright eyes – they see and do good.
As a believer, it is important to have spiritually bright eyes. So it is important that the Divine continued by asking a question:
The spirit of attack?
Hopefully, my reader understands that the question was rhetorical with the answer being evident. A spiritually bright eyed person does not go on the attack.
But if clarity seems missing, the Divine made known the intent of the spiritually bright eyes, the Divine continued by providing a one-word answer:
After directly answering the question, the Divine then offered a thought that reveals that spiritually bright eyes are at complete variance with attack.
Consider how the Divine continued:
The spirit of gentleness and meekness, strength of humility,
Now, there is a tremendous amount of thought in that statement, because that is the being spiritually bright eyed.
With that statement it most certainly becomes evident that the Divine used the question involving the concept of attack in order to establish the power of the opposite, to reveal the power of spiritual eyes.
How many times do we see spiritual wrongs and want to respond by attacking the spiritual wrong? I don’t think I can adequately or accurately answer the question, I simply know that response is common.
So to have eyes to see, one does NOT need physical eyes, one needs spiritual eyes. But spiritual eyes have lots of attributes too, beyond the three mentioned previously.
So what type of attributes does the Divine convey?
The Divine provided the answer: gentle and meek spiritual eyes. Those qualities are immediately aligned with strength of humility.
I am not completely certain what the Divine is conveying in this portion of the prayer, but it seems certain that the Divine is conveying that only the spiritual eyes of that nature are capable of seeing the goodness. In the context of the moment, it seems that one is able to see the Divine.
I am not certain of its entire application. I simply accept that the Divine is completely unique and separate from the human experience. To see the beauty of the Divine requires not just a devotion from one’s complete heart, soul, strength, and mind to find the Divine, one needs their own spirit to have the strength of humility.
But it is of significant interest to me that to that statement the Divine added:
tempered by longevity, yes longevity, not levity.
I will address levity first. In order to see the Divine, lightheartedness and flippancy are not the qualities the Divine is emphasizing. This is because flippant attitudes are both dismissive and superficial. This is also because lightheartedness is frivolity, which lacks seriousness.
It requires spiritual seriousness to seek the Divine, spirituality that cannot be easily dismissed, spirituality that is not superficial. Instead it is the spiritual eyes that are tempered with longevity. Longevity means that one has a prolonged existence in trying to pursue the Divine.
Eyes tempered with longevity are like fans that stick with a sports franchise through thick, thin, joy, pain, victory, loss. Therefore longevity is endurance, endurance that becomes durability.
Superficial existence is like a fair weather fan, only there when the elements are good. Temporariness is not made for the long run; the long run requires durability, that which is sturdy, resilient, and robust.
Therefore it is interesting that the Divine asked: What do you see?
The answer is more complex than one might initially conceive. For me, for one to see and then to see the Divine’s appearance and involvement in life requires eyes of the spirit, spiritual eyes attenuated by strength of humility and tempered by longevity, brightened toward the goodness of the Divine.
I have longevity with my prayer life. It guides my involvement and interaction with humanity. I endeavor to remain humble to become self-effacing. I endeavor to remain meek, submissive to the Divine.
That means I do the best I can to be gentle and docile to the Divine’s creation. Is it easy?
Not in the slightest. It is quite difficult at times, because there are times I feel that seeing with my physical eyes provides greater clarity. But I have yet to find a situation where physical eyesight is unmuddied.
Spiritual eyesight is far clearer, even though I am incapable of seeing all things spiritual. Spiritual eyesight provides greater spiritual peace, and greater peace while traversing this globe in the flesh.
Spiritual eyesight is most important, and without it, we fail to see the things that are so clearly evident around us.
Blessings and Shalom