Someone once described visionary leadership as the uncanny ability to see ‘what’s behind the corner.’ The story of Elisha at Dothan (2 Kings 6:6-23) provides us with a wonderful image of spiritual awareness, the mark of true wisdom from above. The eyes of Elisha’s servant were “open” so that he could see what was really going on. Yes, the army of Syria was starting a siege against Dothan, but the armies of the Living God were all around “Elisha.” The second image is one of the storm on the sea of Galilee and Peter sinking in the water (Matthew 14:22-33). When Jesus says, “it is I, do not be afraid” Jesus says He is the Great I AM, Yahweh Himself, see Exodus 3:12-14) who exercises His Sovereign control over the elements (see, Genesis 1; Psalm 29). There is nothing to fear if God is with us! (1 John 4:4).
Both the siege and storm accounts have amazingly short prayers: “Open now his eyes that he may see” and “Lord, save me.” As we ask the Lord, He will give us His awareness and begin to see our own ‘siege’ and/or ‘storm’ (see Psalm 27:3; Psalm 18:16) from His perspective. Wisdom from above allows us to get His take and optic on our situations and move from a state of panic and desperation to seeing things His way.