“We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen…”
It’s been an exhausting week! Every day last week kept me running, and I do not function well when I’m that busy. I like calm days, an organized and clean home, a pleased husband, happy children, obedient dogs, gentle music, and pleasant weather. And I do not care for the antithesis of any of that. In addition to being too busy, little things keep happening that have left me mentally, physically, and spiritually drained. The starter on my suburban is going out, a minor inconvenience. My husband had $2,000 worth of dental work done on Tuesday, another slight more than slight inconvenience. A blood vessel in my eye burst, leaving me red eyed for several days. My sleep waned last night as I prayed for a family dealing with domestic violence. Then to top it off I turned on the news early this morning. Thirty minutes was all I could stand. Let me ask; after watching this stuff has anyone ever walked away feeling good? It’s depressing and if allowed, all of this can serve as a catalyst for discouragement, despair, and defeat.
But then I remembered the words spoken to my heart yesterday through the various teaching and preaching ministries at my church. Words were spoken to encourage, exhort, admonish, uplift, and even inspire me to press toward the mark of the high calling. We all have troubles. They are just another example of truth spoken in John 16:33. I know to expect them. It’s called life. So, why do I fix my eyes upon them? My flesh cries “me, me, me,” but the spirit within cries, “Look up, look up! Be renewed day by day!” Paul, (who understood troubles quite a bit more than I) said, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2Co 4:16-18) Perspective sure changes everything! I’ll be looking up today and it won’t be at things before me. I’ll be looking at the invisible.