As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.”(1 Samuel 1:12-14)
Something laying on my heart right now that we really need to understand about “perspective” is that its our OWN eyes the SEE what they CHOOSE to SEE…and they are not always right.
Eli doesn’t realize Hannah is praying. She was just mouthing words to God. But we’ve all been there, we all know we’ve done that very thing when there was so much hurt, and bitterness, that you can just feel like you can’t get yourself to speak
the words that you heart is screaming from inside.
Eli had right to see Hannah as he did during this time, that she was very bitter for not bearing a child. He probably saw her day after day, perhaps quiet and just staring outside. But this is WHAT he saw. Deep down, Hannah in her melancholic state, she mustered everything she had to still praise God within her situation.
This is her answer to him:
“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” (1 samuel 1:15-16)
Deeply in Hebrew is:( ke·shat-)- and it means “oppressed” –
Again we’ve ALL been there. She’s at the point where she just no longer understands, and this is where the enemy seems to always test us most…confuse us off our focus.
So we have two different perspectives here. One of Eli who watches his wife in her pain, and tries to console her and help her daily out of her bitterness. He tries to encourage her, and show how much he loves her, but he doesnt’ realize that he is only seeing from his perspective, he doesn’t know that God is working in her heart and she has to endure that time of “waiting” alone. He doesnt’ realize she is so deep in her pain until she answers to his “observance”.
Sometimes in order to SEE what someone else does, we have to ASK them. What they see is going to be more times than not, quite different from how we do.
Think of 4 different perspectives.
First yourself: you are walking along a path in the forest. You hear something fall from somewhere around you.
You look around and just see TREES. You continue your walk and don’t pay attention.
However, what you don’t realize is something didn’t fall out of a tree, but jump out. It’s a mountain lion and its prey and you are not too far from each other.
Another perspective would be from above you: There is an eagle flying above the trees, and with its watchful eye is able to see the mountain lion jump out of the tree. It also sees something else you don’t realize.
It sees the deer that is 1000 feet away from you. You don’t notice, because you can only see trees.
And another: The deer has just taken a drink from the lake, and it hears a noise similar to the one you did, however,
it also hears you walking too. It becomes stricken by fear by both noises, not realizing only one is harmless.
The perspective of mountain lion: It had planned on eating the deer, but your walking through the forest contaminated its scent prints. And now instead of the deer being its prey, you have accidentially stumbed into his menu.
In each of these four scenarios…which perspective knew the entire truth of the story?
The eagle flying above. It’s not only because he new the truth of the story, it was no question in that, because
he knew the WHOLE story.
We have to learn to step back sometimes and let people be as they are. Don’t always be so quick to “fix” a situation.
God sees the inside of the person that you can’t. If He believes you should know MORE of the story, He will share Himself. Or the person will tell you.
It’s like reading a book. You can’t know the turning point of a story if you never read how it began.
Eli and Hannah both had no idea that God would indeed bless them with a son. They were both like the characters I mentioned in the woods. Eli let his sight deceive him, and Hannah let her sight keep her at a stand still, not in fear,
but stricken by life.
And God of course, like the eagle,
Knew the whole story the entire time.
Let’s be careful not to jump on His “plans” for others, step aside and let Him take your perspective. Ask Him to help you see the situation as He does.
He may not show you the whole story, but He will indeed show you something to help the situation.
We need to remain inattentive at all times to the spirit.
Our sight doesn’t matter….it only sees what is in front of us.
And sight of faith…sees ahead, above, and behind all at the same time.