In past posts I’ve mentioned Matthew 6 where Jesus speaks strongly about how important it is to “see” and how devastating it is when we don’t see clearly. “The eye is the lamp of the body…” (Matthew 6:22ff).

Without a doubt, if our “eyesight” is “poor” and our view of God is distorted, it impacts everything!

The landscape of the Body of Christ is littered with examples of the consequences of fear. In some cases, fear can cause us to fight with those closest to us—whether our family members, friends, our spouse, or others in the Body of Christ. We can fear people with different opinions or who do things differently than we do. We fear those with different backgrounds or perspectives. In some cases we fight and other times we just run away from our fears.

Recently I sat with an older mentor friend and his wife. He was going through a very scary health issue. He and his wife are people of deep faith and courage and, at the same time, they were scared and the possibility of a very different future was staring them in the face.

In the Gospel of Mark, we see a situation where Jesus reveals how often fear reveals a lack of faith in our lives. In the early days of His ministry, Jesus took His disciples on a field trip across the Sea of Galilee. In the midst of their journey, a great squall came up that nearly swamped the boat. The disciples, some of whom were seasoned fishermen, were terrified and cried out to Jesus—who was sound asleep in the storm!

Not too long ago, I awoke in the middle of the night, needing to head to the bathroom. On my way back to bed, my eyes had not yet adjusted to the darkness and I veered off course, smashing into the corner of a dresser and cracking a rib. Ouch! Seeing clearly can keep us out of harm’s way!