Real life...that's what we're living in! No "made-in-the-shade, easy-peasy," life like we find in story books filled with fairy tales and happily-ever-afters. No, the truth is, on any given day, at any moment in time, we can be inundated with the most perplexing, unnerving news or ugly tragedy. These obstacles have the ability to turn our world upside down. We all live this life. The label "Christian" doesn't make one exempt. We all have these types of stories we could share.
However, as Christians we can take courage in knowing that we may be shaken but we don't have to "lose heart". (Yes, I know it may be easier said than done at times! Each opportunity offers a chance to exercise our faith though. The beauty of grace and mercy!) There is an exercise we can do!
2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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.”
Remember when we were little? How we'd cover our eyes and think we had hidden from the world? We were safe in our own little world. If only we could do that as adults! No matter what it may look like on the outside. No matter how heavy a punch a trial might deliver. When we feel like we've been knocked out of the ring entirely or we find ourselves down for the count...there's something WE CAN DO...just close our eyes - like we did as a child. (Seems like I remember Jesus saying something about coming to Him as little children. Did I hear that right?) It's not about what we see it's about what we DON'T see. As long as we're walking with Jesus, we will be renewed daily. No matter what it looks like, how heavy the load might be or how long the trial has been..we can just close our eyes. Don't look!
What we see is temporary but it can be disheartening and cause us to lose focus. When we close our eyes we become voluntarily "blind" to our surroundings. When we close our eyes we can focus upon what we choose to. (Oh, the places we can go!) Close your eyes and imagine this...what's going on in our lives pales drastically compared to the glory of what's going to come out of it. Every time we determine to sit there and squeeze our eyes shut tightly, we can be assured God is up to something. He's working something within us...something eternal.
Real life...there is a remedy to those ugly days and situations. There can be a "happily ever after" if we follow the simple truth of this verse and build our faith with this easy exercise. How simple...just closing our eyes. Focusing on Jesus...He's working on our situation but more importantly He's working on US. Preparing us for eternity. That's the blind truth! Blessings on you~
Next time you see a child sitting in the corner or a room with his eyes closed tightly...maybe you'll think of this post and share this simple thought with someone you care about.