Five Minute Friday: Open


The panic he must have felt as he stepped outside that morning must have been overwhelming. Doing his work as servant to the man of God brought threats and danger, I’m sure. After all, his master was not exactly Mr. Popularity. Some details of his work may have included security detail. But nothing prepared him for this sight.

Outside his door, clearly visible to him were troops from the Aramean army. A large contingent had advanced overnight and surrounded the place. I can imagine the despair in his voice as the servant asked Elisha what to do. His calm master told him not to worry and then simply prayed:

“O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!”

God’s presence was there. Immediately God opened the servant’s eyes and he could see the horses and chariots of fire in position, just beyond the Aramean army.

It’s easy to get caught up in first glances. The enemy’s goal is to distract us and close us off from God’s sight. Even in those moments when we cannot see Him just yet, He is there. We need to remain calm as we ask God to open our eyes to really see Him. Prepare yourself, because what you see is much more amazing that what you’d expect.

Being open allows us to see God.

In the openness, we can experience His peace and bask in His grace.

Being open allows us to accept and celebrate His unconditional love.


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  • Maria

    Thank you!! This message was very encouraging.

  • Carrie McCoy

    Opening our eyes to God and really seeing Him is a reminder that I needed to hear today! Thank you for sharing this story of Elisha and how we need to be open to what God wants us to see and do. Blessings, Carrie

  • Jennifer Frisbie

    My children truly love this story and are always looking off our back deck at night, wondering just how many of God’s army is standing watch on our house. I love that they not only look for God’s presence but expect it. This was truly a pleasure to read today. So glad that I visited, Sabrina!

  • Amanda

    I love how you took this word and shared such a beautiful story. So uplifting and so true. Thanks for sharing.