In 2 Kings 6, the prophet Elisha was working as a double agent for the king of Aram and the king of Israel. When the king of Aram caught wind of this, he was enraged. He ordered an all-out blitz in Elisha’s direction. When Elisha’s servant saw that they were surrounded, he was ready to throw in the towel and raise the white flag. Elisha responded by assuring his servant, “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then he prayed this prayer, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”

The rest of this story is pretty remarkable. We see that even when evil and darkness surround us, the awareness of God’s power and presence can change our perspective. When we are given a new awareness of the God who will never leave us or forsake us, we are able to see our highest highs and our lowest lows in a new light.