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Living in the eye of the storm


Eye of the hurricane Isabel as seen from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Wikipedia

Eye of the hurricane Isabel as seen from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Wikipedia

In the midst of a raging hurricane that can have winds upwards of 250 kms an hour (Category 5) it has an eye that is typically between 30 km to 50 km wide.

It is a place of calm. There are often no clouds allowing you to see the sun and blues skies. The wind is light. A person would never know there is a brutal storm raging beyond the horizon.

This is the ‘eye of the storm.’

The world is in utter chaos today and as Christians we must live in the eye of the hurricane.

So how do we do this?

In Matthew, Jesus talks about having a single eye and this is the key to living in the ‘eye of the storm:’

“The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22)

In this verse Jesus says if we have a single eye, our whole body will be full of light. It can have blue skies in the midst of a raging storm and brooding skies.

The commentaries say the spirit of man is the candle (or lamp) of the Lord. It is our conscience, moral center where we discern right from wrong.  It lights our way in a darkened world.

But how does the single eye fit into this.

The famous 18th century preacher Charles Spurgeon defined it this way:

“Our ‘spiritual eye is faith’ and it needs to be ‘single’ literally focused on one thing. It is by faith that he [the believer] walks, not by natural sight but by the sight that is yielded to him by his spiritual eye – faith.”

We keep ourselves calm in a storm with the single eye of faith. In the midst of a world full of turmoil, anger, hatred and confusion we look beyond the natural. We must focus our eyes on eternity.

We cannot have divided sight with one eye looking at world events and becoming caught up in the swirling mass of confusion, doubt and fear and the other trying to see God.

Picture one eye fixed on earth and the other eye fixed on heaven.

Awkward!

With this type of double vision one loses their footing and falls.

Both eyes must have an intention to view life through the eyes of faith.

We must choose to live in the ‘eye of the storm’ walking through our day with a single focus  marked by faith. Our gaze is heavenward with glimpses of eternity and the resurrection and life that is promised after death.

The great 18th century preacher Charles Spurgeon said faith to the spiritual man is his eye.

It is by this eye one sees invisible things that the natural eye cannot see. It looks beyond our natural circumstances:

“Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the non-existent things that (He has foretold and promised) as if they already existed.” (Romans 4:17)

I use this verse often as I pray for my kids. It helps me to not get caught up in the circumstances surrounding their lives. I look beyond that to envision and pray for them with the eye of faith.

It is by faith that we live in the eye in the storm.

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