Seeing the Unseen

“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.  YellowFlower

It is so easy for me to forget that my time here in this world is only temporary and my attachment to everything around me temporary as well. With my eyes I take in the brilliant hues and subtle shades of color everywhere!  I see people of all skin tones in brown and beige, grey skyscrapers, green grassy meadows, yellow sunrises over white mountain peaks, and blue ocean waters.  Every few seconds, I breathe in countless smells of daily life from the faint perfume of wildflowers and the damp, earthen aroma after a rain, to fried, greasy fast food and emissions from motorized vehicles on a city street.  I hear laughter, singing choirs, country crooners, children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, dogs barking, whispers in the dark and cheers from an excited stadium crowd.  I feel the touch of a baby’s skin, rough tree bark, a kitten’s silken coat, grains of sand, the coldness of steel pillars, and hot bath water. Drinking my morning coffee gets me going, and a glass of red wine relaxes me; I love the taste of hamburgers and stir-fry and the freshness of toothpaste.

I am stimulated endlessly through my senses and mostly unaware of how much I am affected physically, emotionally, and spiritually by everything around me. I am so accustomed to living in this natural world with all of its beauty and sometimes, its ugliness that I hardly notice there is an unseen realm affecting me, too, in ways beyond that which I can perceive through my senses and with greater consequence because this realm is eternal.

Psalm 19:1 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” The natural things declare God is.

When I see, smell, hear, taste, and touch anyone or anything, it is literally a declaration that He is God. He says there is no excuse not to know He is.  “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” Romans 1:20.

I know God intends for me to enjoy the world He created all around me, but I believe he wants me to more importantly, find the joy and meaning beyond His creation-namely Him!  Literally, all creation points to His existence.

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As I enjoy a glass of wine, may I think about His sweetness and the celebrative joy He shares with me. As I reach out to touch a loved one, may I feel his blessing on my relationships with family and friends.  As I watch a sunset, may I dream of Heaven, a place of indescribable beauty beyond this temporal world. As I listen to a child sing, “Jesus Loves Me,” in a most tender, earnest voice, may I listen even more closely to angelic voices joining in.  While enjoying the smells of scented candles or my fireplace on a cool night, may I be reminded to trust Him in all things because my very prayers are like the aroma of incense rising to Him in the heavenly places” Revelation 8.

One day I will leave this temporary world and I will shed this temporary dwelling (body) I currently reside in. With every passing day, I long all the more for the unseen God I serve.

Because even with all the beauty and smells, tastes, and sounds and people who now surround me, there is a part of me still missing and I know what it is. I am made for more than the temporary; I am made with eternity in mind.  “For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” 2 Corinthians 5:4-5.

Sunrise over Mountains

What is this deposit now my guarantee? The deposit is the gift of His Son, Jesus, who is residing in me through His Spirit.  “Though outwardly I am wasting away, yet inwardly I am being renewed day by day.  For my light and momentary troubles are achieving for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So I fix my 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 4:16-18.

Open my eyes and stretch my senses beyond what I can perceive in natural realms so I may see and sense Your Kingdom and eternity.

Sensing His glory,

Robin

 

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