Is Your Perspective Based On What’s Seen or Unseen?

seen-or-unseenIs your focus on what is seen or unseen? Fiona explains how an eternal focus will always provide the needed hope.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

As I opened my Bible one morning after a poor night’s rest and a number of difficult days, I felt God was clearly reminding me–again–that my focus drifts so easily from what He calls me to see.

What I’d been seeing and contemplating was all about me–concern over a new medication; fear of trying a drug with many side effects; all the “what if’s.” Generally, just obsessing about what’s happening. A trap I seem to fall into often.

This verse was reminding me that we are called to focus on what is “unseen”–what is eternal.

I have a dear friend who I’m learning from. She thinks that things won’t always be this way–the pain we feel today will be nothing in eternity. Heaven will be a wonderful place.

We will walk, run, jump and enjoy–just like everyone else does, when we get there. We are promised that Jesus went to prepare a place for us and that we will be with Him there, when He comes back for us (John 14:2-3).

That’s more than just the dream of a few of us writers, who have recently been imagining catching up on a beach in Hawaii!

If we are focusing on the eternal, rather than just what’s challenging us now–the unseen, rather than the seen–what would be different as we rise to meet each new day?

Paul says just before he exhorts us to do that. “Therefore we do not lose heart” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

The promises we’ve been given; what lies ahead–unseen to us now; those are the things that are worth our attention.

We don’t know how things will work out–but God does. So we can trust in that and not lose heart.

Prayer: Father, Your word promises us that we will one day be with You. That concerns us now will concern us no more. Help us to look forward to the joy of that day and trusting in You, help us to not lose heart, despite the struggles of this day. Amen.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.

What do you look forward to, that is unseen now, but helps you to not lose heart?

As Fiona was writing this she was listening to Amy Grant sing”What The Angels See.” Can you imagine how different our perspective would be on everything–especially our struggles–if we could see things from the viewpoint if angels. Take a moment to watch Amy sing this sweet song. -Lisa

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