What Are You Really Seeing? (2 Kings 6:16-17)

Optical illusions are cool. This one caught my attention, not only because of the coolness factor, but also because of the mathematical elegance.


We perceive things the way our mind is accustomed. The overall pattern appeared to be rotating circles but when elegantly broken down in the video, we can clearly see a linear pattern of multiple circles interacting to form the illusion of a circular path. What are you really seeing? It depends upon your perspective.

So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “ Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
2 Kings 6:16-17

What a glorious revelation that God allowed Elisha and the servant to see! Seemingly surrounded and outnumbered by the enemy, Elisha’s faithful prayer to God was answered and the true spiritual setting was unveiled.

This revelation should be a reminder that the life we live is one that is both an earthly and spiritual existence. We are conditioned to think that our circumstances are only what we can visually see or experience. But God reminds us through this passage that an infinitely more complex and beautiful spiritual realm awaits all of us who put their trust in Him.

Won’t you place your trust in Him today?

Blessings with Aloha!