Watching Eyes – Living Life Fully for the World to See

By on July 12, 2016
Watching Eyes – Living Life Fully for the World to See, by Norine Rae

By Norine Rae –

Have you wondered how people perceive Christian’s in today’s world especially as they encounter difficulties? Being a person of faith can be challenging as we face loss whether from divorce, death, sickness or financial hardship. Yet, it is in these arduous times of grief that believers can demonstrate the love of God through faith as they press forth running the race fully convinced God would not only sustain them, but also lead them to victory.

Watching Eyes is not simply as story of my son Ian’s incredible fearless life, but one for fathers and mothers of the faith to stay the course and finish well. (Ian is now with the Lord.) It is story about overcoming adversity and living a triumphant life for the world to see. In todays world especially where social media reaches the globe in moments our actions are being seen by all.

Our witness is a powerful tool as we learn to look to Jesus Christ as our example for handling pain and disappointment through “Good Grief.” His glory is revealed through us as we demonstrate love to others during our darkest days. We walk “through valley of the shadow of death” not fearing death or evil, but embracing the truth and power of eternal life through Jesus Christ starting today on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Excerpt from Watching Eyes (page 140-141):

Chapter 11: Good Grief

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery,

by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. –Marcus Tullius Cicero quotes (Ancient Roman Lawyer, Writer, Scholar, Orator and Statesman, 106 BC-43 BC)

As mothers and fathers of faith we are enormously blessed to be a friend of God (James 2:23) just as Abraham was. For we have chosen to run the race and live our lives completely devoted to God. This devotion does not come without the experience of grief for we know very well from scripture that there are three times in which Jesus grieved.

  • Do you believe you are a friend of God?
  • How are you running your race while grieving?

 

  1. JESUS RAISES LAZARUS (JOHN 11)

I find the story of Lazarus so encouraging as Jesus grieved even though he was fully aware that Lazarus would live again. I believe his grief was clearly His empathy for those who were living. Our Savior demonstrated His human nature of compassion as He felt others pain and sorrow. John 11:33 states:

When Jesus therefore saw her (Mary) weeping, and the Jews who came with her, also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit, and was troubled. Verse 35 says, “Jesus wept.” And in verse 40, Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

  • How do we not get stuck in grief, but actually move through the grieving process in a productive way where “watching eyes” see the glory of God?As Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, surely He brought forth victory in the midst of the situation. The scene went from death to life as the stone was rolled away and Jesus declared, “Lazarus come forth” (verse 43). There was still work to be done by the community of believers as they obeyed Jesus’ instructions, “Unbind him, and let him go” (verse 44). We look to this illustration as it gives us insight to a healthy grieving process. And remember those who are unbelievers are also spoken of as dead in spirit (Ephesians 2:1). We have the opportunity to reveal Christ to them so that they may walk in eternal life. 

 

  • Are you willing to embrace the pain in order to push through and live fully?
  • How do you comfort those who are grieving?

Jesus felt the pain of loss; he embraced it as His own; He than took action to fix the problem by calling forth life. But He didn’t do it alone. He gave Martha the job of getting the stone rolled away and He had others remove Lazarus’ bandages. I would have loved to have seen the great celebration and praise that went forth as Lazarus’ bandages were removed for there was no denying that Christ had done an extraordinary miracle.

Today, I pray that you too see “extraordinary miracles” go forth as you read and explore the truths presented not only through this work: Watching Eyes but especially through the continued work of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

May the Lord wrap you in His loving arms bringing health, healing, and restoration power to the deepest areas of your life.

Norine is a lifelong learner, international speaker, minister, writer, mother, and friend. You can find her at: NorineRae.com.

Norine Rae

About Norine Rae

Norine Rae resides in Redding, California where she is a member of Bethel Church. In 2012 she completed her Master’s in Intellectual Leadership from A.W. Tozer Seminary through Simpson University. She has worked over 30 years in Human Services fields and has done extensive work in ministry, missions, and leadership both foreign and domestic. She is a lifelong learner, international speaker, minister, writer, mother, and friend. You will find her at: http://www.aimadventures.org/blog/ or NorineRae.com.

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Watching Eyes – Living Life Fully for the World to See