Hindsight provides insight. It always can. But we can get so focused on today’s issues that we miss their purpose. Dothan appears only twice in the Bible. Both times, we get a perspective we desperately need.
The day Joseph’s brothers pastured their flocks in the Dothan Valley, they sold Joseph to some Ishmaelites traveling the highway on their way to Egypt (Genesis 37:12-28).
Everything seemed to play out against Joseph. At the time of the crisis God seemed very much absent. Yet He wasn’t. The participants only saw the present events. But in hindsight, they saw God very much involved (Genesis 50:20).
The events served as the Lord’s way to provide much needed food—and life change.
The other occasion Dothan appears in the Bible occurred centuries later, when Elisha and his servant awoke one morning in Dothan to discover the city surrounded by a vast Aramean army (2 Kings 6:13–17). The servant saw the large number of chariots and horses and panicked. So Elisha prayed for God to “open his eyes that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17).
Suddenly, the servant saw angelic “horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Elisha saw both realms, the natural and the spiritual, and told his servant:
Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. —2 Kings 6:16
With the other eye we see by faith that God has purpose for it all.
One eye sees the chaos in the world.
The other eye sees God working.
Can you see beyond your disappointment today? Determine to view today’s activities with an eternal perspective in order to keep a balanced view of life. Focus on both perspectives through the lenses of Scripture. As you do, your mind is renewed and you begin to see both perspectives clearly.
Tel Dothan reminds us: we need to see both near and far—at the same time. And we can.
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