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I could not see very well. My optometrist had dilated my eyes to get a better view of the inside of my eyeballs. It’s a pretty common procedure. But with my pupils forced to expand, it’s a bit difficult to see clearly, even with the cheap, plastic sunglasses they give you to wear for a couple hours until your eyes return to normal. I drove myself to my appointment, so I carefully drove myself home. I did a lot of squinting and made it safely. I wanted to see clearly right away, but I had to wait.

Sometime later I was on my knees praying for God to speak to my heart. I was convicted by the Bible passage that says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting” (Psalm 139:23, 24). I wanted to see the way of everlasting more clearly, so I asked God to search my heart and reveal to me anything offensive that needed to be dealt with. And I waited … and waited … and waited. I did not hear God share anything with me. I expected to hear the Lord speak to my heart right then! I was a little disappointed, not that I like finding sinful stuff hidden in my heart.

Later that day, while talking with a family member, I spoke in a hurtful way to them and they let me know about it. I had been praying for God to help me grow in how I relate to this person and thought I had made some progress. But this encounter popped my bubble. I was a bit discouraged.

Needed to Wait

The next morning in my quiet time, God spoke to my heart. The Lord revealed to me that I couldn’t see what needed to be seen at the moment I asked. I needed to wait. God’s searching and testing do not always happen in my reflection time. Sometimes the testing and revealing happens in the daily grind of life.

I had prayed, “Search me, O God,” and the Lord did search me. But God didn’t reveal to me what I needed to see because I was not ready. The Lord did reveal to me some things hidden from my sight. When the time was right, the Spirit said, “Here is something offensive that you need to deal with.” Then I could see.

Sin blinds us from clearly seeing. Pride damages our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit helping us know God’s will in our lives. When we are focused on how well we are doing or defending ourselves, we are most challenged to see the truth. Sometimes we need to pray and wait. Sometimes the searching requires testing. Then the truth comes through clearly. Then we can see.

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