Spiritual Eyes = Blurred Vision

By Britainy Sholl

Have you ever heard that saying, “Be careful what you ask for….”? I’ve spent years praying for clear spiritual vision. I’ve wanted to see the world through the Lord’s eyes so I could see what He sees and really learn to be His hands and feet. Well, be careful what you pray for.

Two years ago the Lord took me to Ethiopia. I thought for years I was “on to” something as far as gaining clear spiritual vision and direction for the Lord’s call on my life. But when I took my first step in Ethiopia, my vision became blurred. I realized God doesn’t see us all as different; rather, in His vision, we all blur together. His children. His creation. His heart.

Many people couldn’t understand why I would travel half way around the world on a mission trip. Many people, even Christians, thought it was a bad idea and even went so far as to tell me that I shouldn’t go.

But, thankfully, the only voice I listened to was the one inside me – the one true voice of the Holy Spirit.

And I am so thankful that my clear vision became blurred.

God knows us each on an individual basis. But He doesn’t compartmentalize us or divide us. For we are ALL God’s children, and we are ALL loved by our Heavenly Father. I prayed for clear vision, and I got it.

We are ALL children of God, and there is no separate Heaven for Ethiopians and Americans. We may look differently and come from very different circumstances, but we are all equal and loved in the eyes of God.

Galatians 3:28 says,

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

There is only one Heaven, and all of us who trust in Jesus for our salvation will be there together. Blurry and beautiful.

May my Christian brothers and sisters who see clear divisions have their spiritual vision blurred by the Lord. I pray for Memphis, TN, to have blurry vision. I pray for those who tried to get me to back out of the Ethiopia mission trip to have blurred vision. And most of all, I thank the Lord for giving me what I asked for….a chance to see the world as He sees it.

Guest Author

The Forsaken Children often invites individuals to write for its blog who have been to Ethiopia or have something insightful to share. If you would like to write a guest post for TFC, please email Heather McGugan at heather.mcgugan@gmail.com for more details.

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6 Responses to “Spiritual Eyes = Blurred Vision”
  1. Anu says:

    I’m so encouraged to hear of your testimony and Praise God for the heart of love He gave you for these kids..I pray that the Lord will lead you to India too. Please do stay connected till then and visit us on : http://www.vanitashray.org

    Many Blessings!!
    Anu for Vanitashray-Home for orphans.

  2. Mrs. McGoo says:

    Beautiful truth Brit!!!

  3. Jane says:

    Thank you for sharing Britt! That is so true, in fact, the words you wrote were perfect! God has been teaching that exact same lesson.

  4. Michelle says:

    true story! powerful words of wisdom!

  5. Charla says:

    Very true, Brit. The only distinction God makes is whether we have accepted his Son or not.

  6. Brittany, I read your letter several times. What a wonderful opportunity that was for you to minister to a group of children. Was this through your church? I am so proud of you and I know your parents and family are also. I would really like to know more about all of this and I signed up for the newsletter.

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