A family member sent me this news article which reports: “The natural phenomenon that makes it appear that lava is flowing over a cliff at Yosemite National Park is back, but only for a few days. Yosemite’s famous Horsetail Falls looks more like a lava flow this week thanks to a rare natural phenomenon known as the ‘Firefall’. When the sunset hits the waterfall on El Capitan at just the right moment, it creates a stunning orange glow. But it can only be seen over a couple of weeks in mid-to-late February and even then, the conditions have to be just right. Despite having to brave the harsh winter conditions, it draws hundreds of visitors each night.”
After I read this article, I could not help but think about a man at my church who gave his testimony this past week about being totally blind. He will never be able to see this or any other spectacular phenomenon with his physical eyes. But, as he explained, he learned to say “Yes” with his spiritual eyes to the Lord, no matter what it is. Because of the willingness of his spirit, he is the most amazing person I have ever met or heard of in my life. He is a living testimony of what the Lord can do with someone who has put the spiritual things in life first. He has law and computer science degrees from Harvard, Berkley, and Fordham Universities. He is a patent lawyer for Google who commutes every day, unassisted, through the busiest train stations in the world. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and has ridden a tandem bicycle across the United States in under 30 days. He has competed in numerous Triathlon and Ironman competitions. He volunteers as a sound technician at our church. He is married to a wonderful wife who also learned to say “Yes” in her spirit to the Lord, no matter what it is. Together they are raising three precious little children. The list goes on and on.
We with eyesight take for granted that when we get on a crowded train we have the ability to look for an empty seat. Did it ever occur to you that a blind person does not have that ability? But when you say “Yes” to God, He gives you spiritual eyesight to help focus on what really matters:
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. (Matthew 13:10-13 KJV)
This is where each and every one of us has the opportunity to put all of this into perspective. Do you put the eternal spiritual things first, like this blind man and his wife I told you about? Or do you only chase after the temporal physical things and totally ignore what really matters for eternity?
Lets go back over 2000 years ago to an upper room where there were 120 disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ gathered together in spiritual obedience. They learned to say “Yes” in their spirit to the Lord, no matter what the cost was. They tarried there until the real ‘Firefall’ occurred. This ‘Firefall’ turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6) both physically and spiritually:
Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages (tongues), as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:3-4 NLT)
In many parts of America, an animal’s life is considered more precious than a newborn baby, who was created in the image of God. I beg of you, do not harden your heart today. Do not follow the way the rest of the world has gone by worshipping the creation, rather than the Creator:
They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. (Romans 1:25 NLT)