Seeing Past What You See

Hebrews 11:1 says Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

We all have heard the phrase “tunnel vision” so what does it means? Tunnel is the loss of peripheral vision with retention of central vision, resulting in a constricted circular tunnel-like field of vision.


I often wonder if we happen to have tunnel vision ourselves when it comes to faith. We know that the bible speaks about us having faith in God. When you look through a tunnel of anything in life what do you see? One rarely goes out of the tunnel to see the entire view of what is on the other side does one? No, because when we see a tunnel we are afraid of what might be on the other side of that tunnel.

It’s fear that keeps us from taking those steps to see what is past the first step in which we took. For some of us this is how our faith really looks like, we are afraid to go through the tunnel we are scared to look out at the end of the tunnel and the reason that is so is because we lack trust in God.

See, we have made our own minds up as to what we want for our lives and not what God has for us. We aren’t ready or prepared to give God total control over our lives. We think we know what is best. For example, you might want to live in Nebraska and God is saying I want you to move to Philadelphia. But often times what we are thinking is why would I want to go there when I have so much here going on? Why can’t I do what God wants me to do here? Or perhaps God is saying I want you to teach a Sunday School class and your saying I don’t like teaching, I can’t get up early on Sunday’s.

If we are honest with ourselves, we will see that we all have some sort of tunnel vision when it comes to our faith. For our entire lives all we have gone by was what we can see and if we can’t see it then we don’t believe. Then we see in scripture that God tells us that we have to believe without seeing, this goes totally against what we know. I challenge you today that no matter what is going on in your life, don’t have tunnel vision. God is trying to get us pass what we can see with the natural eyes, He is wanting us to see with our spiritual eyes. AMEN



4 thoughts on “Seeing Past What You See

  1. Desiray – I want to thank you for another excellent article to remind us all of the importance of real trust in God. I really appreciate your perspective, and while I agree with the points you’ve shared throughout the body of it, I’d like to offer another view of ‘tunnel vision’. Tunnel vision in a positive light can result from keenly focusing upon Jesus, who shared – “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” – Mt. 6:22. Obviously, Jesus was speaking metaphorically. In that sense, ‘tunnel vision’ purposely blocks out everything contrary to a single view of Christ. Since no one (today) has ever actually (physically, literally) seen God, we indeed walk by faith, NOT by sight. Yet unless we keep our ‘view’ of Christ sharp and close through ‘tunnel vision’ (spiritual telescope ‘spy-glasses’) Too much else allowed by ‘broader vision’ distorts and competes with a clear ‘myopic’ revelation of Christ. As with everything in life, there are good and bad applications. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” – 2Ti. 1:7. God has provided every true believer with a sound mind and the free-will to choose the more appropriate applications, unless of course, when tunnel vision sees only darkness at the end. Again, I fully accept your shared perspective, mine is just another ‘side of the same coin’. May God continue to abundantly bless you always!

      1. Desiray planted, another watered; but God gives the increase. So then neither is she that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase. Now she that plants and he that waters are one: and everyone shall receive their own reward according to their own labor. For we are laborers together with God: we are God’s husbandry, we are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto her, as a wise master-builder, she laid the foundation, and he built thereon. But let everyone take heed how they build thereupon. For other foundation can no one lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [1Cor. 3: 6-11]

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