WHAT DO YOU SEE?

What do you see in your mind’s eye when you pray or talk to yourself during difficult or good times in your life? I bet you see something, even if it’s total darkness—you still see something, but likely do it without thinking about what you see.

I know it’s a crazy question? In reality, it’s an appropriate question for everyone, regardless of their spiritual preferences or lack thereof. Whether you pray and believe in a power greater than yourself, don’t pray because you believe you possess superior intellect over all things, or fall somewhere between the two is a choice you have the right to make. Whatever your situation, you probably do talk to or pray to “something” when facing difficult situations in your life—it’s called thinking. I’m not trying to change or challenge your beliefs at all. I simply want you to consider all possibilities…

It’s probably a question you have never been asked or even considered before now. You’re not alone because most people haven’t. In fact, I may be one of few people on earth asking the question.

Okay, so exactly why am I asking such a question? Well, it’s simple—I enjoy thinking outside-the-box. Obviously, there is no right or wrong answer, so don’t be concerned. There will not be a pass-fail test given at the end of this post. I just want you to think about the question based on your personal situation, so please keep reading. It will only take a few minutes, and I promise it will not harm or judge you in any way.

What do you see…,” is a question I ask when I speak to groups. I get some interesting facial expressions and responses cover a broad spectrum ranging from total darkness to detailed images. All answers are interesting, but one that does give me pause is, “I don’t waste time praying to a fictitious character.” I acknowledge the response, but I never push my personal beliefs on anyone. I simply inform, observe, and recognize that everyone has the right to choose how they cope with life. However, that particular response is a suitable topic for a whole different discussion.

Let’s get back to the point of this post. When the shock of my question wears off, the initial responses are typically, “I’ve never thought about it before,” or “I don’t see anything.” When folks think about it for a moment, the answers tend to become a bit more descriptive. To be fair, it is somewhat of an unusual question and not likely to come up in general conversations with friends. Therefore, I invite you to think about the question in private for a few moments. You may be surprised by what you actually do/don’t see or you may start visualizing something in the future. Either way, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

When I started thinking about the storyline for my first novel, I did a lot of soul searching. When I asked myself the question, I realized I was actually seeing the same thing each time I prayed. It was an image from long ago when I started attending church as a young boy. Although buried deep in my subconscious, the image of a stained-glass window formed a lasting impression on me. This image allows me to feel as though I’m having a private conversation with a friend—albeit a very special and most powerful friend.

So, what exactly do I see when I pray? Well, first I visualize the stained glass window from my youth—an image of Jesus. As I continue praying, I usually see the faces of those for whom I’m praying and revert back to the stained-glass image as I finish my prayer. The image itself is surreal for me and puts my mind at ease. It works very well for me.

Stain Glass Jesus Picture 2x2

Whether you see an image or total darkness as you pray or talk to “whomever,” the important thing is that you do it. You may not receive the things or results you ask for, or even understand the answers. You may even feel as though your prayers are going unanswered, but I believe God hears all our prayers. He will respond in His time, and in His way. He knows what is best for us, so we must be patient.

For those who do not believe in God, He still “hears” your thoughts. I wish you the best in whatever way you cope with life’s difficulties. As I said in the beginning, I will never brow-beat you to do as I do, but I will still pray that you come to know Him someday.

By the way, I see that same stained-glass image when I give thanks everyday for the many blessings I have received.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2017

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8 responses to “WHAT DO YOU SEE?

  1. As to prayer and the effectiveness of prayer: The Bible is pretty clear on which prayer the LORD hears. The prayer of repentance from the sinner and the prayer of a righteous man. No other mention of prayers being heard is made- welcome others to add to this if they know of a passage which speaks to the ‘hearing of prayers’.

    The other thing which many times gives excuse to NOT praying is when they are not answered immediately. In this instant gratification world we are in folks lose heart if their desires [Lord’s will or not] are not answered in the affirmative. remembering that Abraham’s promise from the LORD was to have a child, an heir. It took 14 years for that to actually happen and what did the man do in the meantime? He relied upon HIS works to bring this to fruition— but that was not God’s plan and the child was not acceptable before God. Yet, the LORD made good on His promise.

    That account goes further to speak of FAITH- Abraham, though not nearly a prefect man, did exhibit strong faith. The Lord said to take the son, the one he loved, Isaac to be exact up on the mountain top and offer him as a burnt offering before the Lord. Abraham was not spontaneous in his following but he ultimately arrived at the point of sacrifice, much like man today.

    Good news, in keeping with Christmas, the LORD provided a substitute for Isaac and we follow this understanding that while God stopped the hand of Abraham from killing his son, the LORD did not withhold His hand in the sacrificing of his only begotten son, JESUS.

    God Bless you all- Jesus Saves- gives salvation not religion, one is God made and the other is man-made!

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    • Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, John Kneece. You’ve offered some interesting points about prayers that are a little bit off-topic for the intent of the “What Do You see?” post, but are certainly suitable topics for a whole different and much broader discussion.

      So, with that in mind, would you like to share what you see in your mind’s eye when you pray?

      When it comes to my personal thoughts on prayer, I believe Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) presented in my post above says it best. I also believe God hears all prayers and answers them in His own time, although He may not answer them the way or as fast as we would like—faith and patience is key.

      Again, thank you for visiting aTimeinLife. I hope you have an opportunity to read the other 100+ posts in the archives of the site. I also invite you to signup to follow the bog via the “FOLLOW” box and receive an email when each new post is added.

      Happy New Year to you and yours, and may God’s blessings be with all of you.

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  2. Personally for me it depends on what or whom I am praying for. If for instance I’m asking the Lord to keep an eye on my children and grandchild I picture them in my mind. If I might be thanking God for another day above ground I picture myself. Interesting question I enjoyed reading your blog.

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    • Thank you for stopping by to read my post, crankychronicles. I appreciate your supportive comments and I like what you envision during your prayers. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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