We’re talking about our “eyes” this month and how our perspective makes all the difference in how we live our lives. Whether we view life through our limited earthly understanding or choose to trust in God’s unlimited eternal point of view, that will change how we act. Listen to these wise words:
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2Co 4:18 NIV
Seen. As we have been saying, our vision, and so our understanding, is very limited. I usually say, I don’t completely remember what happened yesterday, am not too sure what is going on today and have NO idea what will happen tomorrow. Yet we are expected to make our decisions based on this limited perspective. I once told an audience that, no one person knows it all, and collectively, we only know a little bit. They were amazed at this statement and I wonder if you are too. But it is simply truth. Do we humans know the depths of the sea or the vastness of the heavens? Do we truly understand how the body functions or why things go sadly wrong causing disease? Do we grasp the intricacies of the relationship between humans and earth, or humans and humans for that matter? So much we do not know…and I am only touching on what is seen!
Unseen. I mentioned last week that our visual spectrum is very small. And we are still learning about things like infrared and ultraviolet or EMF’s and Gamma rays. The effects of such things are still very new and confusing to us, even if experts try to say they have all the answers. (They don’t!) But even these mysteries don’t come close to the truly “unseen” things of the spiritual realm. Last week, we read a verse in the Bible that talks about seeing the Armed Forces of God. Imagine if God really opened up our eyes to see these heavenly bodies all day long? Would we be able to function at all? The battles that are being fought right around us. The majestic beings that are walking among us. Their radiant forces would leave us paralyzed… or vaporized. So many examples in the Bible, both Old and New, where God saw it fit to pull back the veiland allow humans to see the unseen…it would make our heads spin.
Lord, fix my eyes on what is unseen. Whether we choose to live our lives with our eyes focused only on what is seen or whether we decide to trust God with all that is unseen, will directly determine the day to day choices that we make. When Beckie was going through her trials, I often said and did things others thought were insane. So much so that some doctors even had a psychologist come and see me after Beckie had gone through a major brain hemorrhage. I was saying that she would survive, and yet all the experts insisted that my Angel Pie was going to die immediately, but God told me otherwise. Much to their astonishment, Beckie did survive this “impossible” event, and went on to live another year and a half. If I leaned on what was seen, she would have died right there and then. Instead, by God’s Grace, we had so much more time with her, to make many more precious memories. I learned very quickly in my walk with Jesus to fix my eyes on what is unseen. And I’m still learning. Every time I choose to fix my eyes on God, the peace and joy I experience is…well, out of this world! Would you like to have that too? Then won’t you join me?
Until we meet again, keep lifting your eyes to God, He’s closer than you think.
<>< Peace, Diane