Recently our precious son, Prince Charming, was showing me something that he had shown me at least 10 other times that day. You could say that after a while, it became a “common” thing to me – no longer warranting my attention. When he noticed I was no longer “looking” at him, he quickly said to me, “Look with your eyes mommy!” I chuckled as this was not the first time I have heard these words. I have heard them from both his 10-year-old sister before him, AND from my Jesus.
“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 (NIV)
Of course when my children said this to me, they did not realize how deep it really cut me. I certainly felt a tad bit guilty for “acting” like I was watching them – when really I was annoyed. But the major significance of these events for me was the simple fact that God was gently reminding me of the distinction of seeing with your natural eyes vs. your spiritual eyes.
It is a constant fight for me to focus on what lies in eternity. I find myself wandering back and forth between thinking of my God and what it will be like to worship Him all day long and then about whether or not my husband will remain in the Army. Neither thought is “wrong” nor “right” but finding the balance between it all is where the difficulty lies.
For now my focus is on staying in His Word (the Bible) and allowing my mind to be renewed to think about the important things in life. I meditate daily on versus like Romans 12:2,
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
and Mathew 6:19-21,
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Let us never make the mistake of thinking we have “seen it before” when it comes to reading His Word. Every time I take a peek into His Word, more depth, beauty, and understanding come forth.
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ~Hebrews 4:12
Let us never mistake His Word for a “common” thing. As it is not. His Word is TRUTH.
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” ~John 17:17
My prayer today for all of you is that you come more and more into the knowledge of Him each day. That you lie aside the sin that so easily entangles as you allow Him to give you purpose AND pleasure. And never forget, what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal.