The other night I couldn’t sleep. It usually happens when my thoughts have decided to run wild. To relax I read a little, then I searched for a movie.

Dana Pittman | Perspective | Encouragement

I found a movie called “Gifted Hands” about Dr. Ben Carson. I won’t go into detail. However, Ben’s mother would encourage him as a child by saying “you have to see beyond what you can see.” She would place her hands on his cheeks, look into his eyes and repeat those words.

In the movie you see her sharing this truth in Ben’s youth through him being an adult. It would ground him. Center him on the task at hand. You would also see him respond by rethinking the challenge and pressing forward.


In other words, Ben had to believe…to have faith. He had to see beyond bad grades, negative comments, even self-doubt.

What do you need to look beyond? What has you in knots and unable to see all that God has for you?

Seeing Beyond is a Choice

Ben’s mother was presenting him a choice. He could either chose to believe or not. And if he accepted the challenge things had to change. He had to rethink, ground himself, and push forward. Because he had to see the invisible.

I present the same to you (and I’m not except). We cannot let the here and now stop us from experiencing all that is to come.


“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and
certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).


This passage in Hebrews goes on to say “…what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Read it in context). I believe the same is true of our lives.

What was seen…my life, your life, the opportunities that are crafted just for our existence…

Was not made out of what was visible…He created all things by speaking a Word. He can do the same right here. Right now.

Something Out of Nothing

God can create something out of nothing. He’s done it before. He’ll do it again. I am certain of that. As certain as I am that He is living, breathing, and orchestrates my every step. But….But I have to believe. You have to believe.

What will you believe God for today?

What has He placed in your heart that you can’t shake? Yet, your mind and heart are battling. Or your heart and fear are battling?

My new blogging friend said something wonderful today: “Those God calls He equips, Those He equips He sends, Those He sends He holds.”

I feel my heart grip. I envision Christ holding my face. His hands on my cheeks imploring His warmth and presence into my heart. He is saying…”you have to see beyond what you can see”.

My response…I do…I do.


QUESTION: What will you believe God for today?


  1. Princess 9 years ago

    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what us unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal 2 Cor. 4:18;

    ..But hope that is seen us no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? Romans 8:24.

    Awesome post! It spoke to me on so many levels. Faith, seeing beyond the visible is a choice, one that we must choose to operate in daily. Love you bunch!

  2. Wow! What an amazing post. And, for me, an honor. You are the first person to ever quote me. I am overcome by gratitude and tears. Thank you. Coffee, soon? 

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      I may be the first, but I doubt I’ll be the last. And…you’re on!!! :o)

  3. Kenmon 9 years ago

    Great post! It was very inspiring and thought provoking.   

  4. Mindy Bowman 9 years ago

    Awesome post! Faith is such a tough thing to grasp but you’ve done a wonderful job explaining it.  🙂 (Visiting from Found the Marbles.)

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Mindy, thank you. I appreciate your visit. :o)

  5. […] Knowing your vision or your plan is great. However, when life happens–and it WILL happen–that plan or that vision gets blurry. […]

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