«And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see, ‘ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha» (2 Kings 6: 17).
IN 2014, God was so kind as to open my eyes so I could see. We were a group of missionaries in the Grano de Oro district, in San Jose, Costa Rica, making every last effort to bring as much help to the locals as possible, but my spirit felt broken. It had not stopped raining for two weeks. During all that time we had prayed that God would allow us to have sun, but it never happened: on the contrary, it felt like the Flood.
When the truck arrived with the donations that we were going to distribute to some one thousand people, we decided that the best thing to do was put them on zinc boards, cover them with some blankets that we had, full of holes, and wait for the rain to pass. That night my sadness was such that I prayed to the Lord with the following words: «Even though You did not answer our prayer regarding the rain, give me peace. Even though the donations that we brought with so much love may no longer serve for anything because they are drenched, I want to tell You that I still believe in You.» The next day, we went to check on the donations. We removed the perforated blankets and what we saw underneath was quite a spectacle: the medicines, the clothes, the food, and even the gift-wrapping paper for the children’s toys were completely dry! Nothing had gotten wet, not even the paper. That scene brings to my mind that of Elisha’s servant who, thanks to the prayer of his master, had his eyes opened and could observe how the angels of the Lord protected them.
Dear friend, behind all the rain are God’s angels, by your side, keeping you company. You may not see them because you have not asked the Lord to teach you how to see, to open your eyes, to give you that spiritual discernment that you so often lack. When you feel discouraged by your seemingly unanswered prayers, as happened with me, remember this quote: «When we feel the least inclined to commune with Jesus, let us pray the most. By so doing we shall break Satan’s snare, the clouds of darkness will disappear, and we shall realize the sweet presence of Jesus» (White, Lift Him Up, p. 372).