“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” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV).
Things we have around us do not last. The car, the television, that new appliance, the new thing we just had to have..... they are fleeting. They are for a moment in time, but sometimes we make them the most important elements of our lives. If God has allowed them in our lives, they are His gifts to us to either abuse or cherish. We abuse them when we make them the most important aspect of our lives. They are cherished as God wishes when we cherish Him more, and realize that we can absolutely live without them if He calls us to it.
We get so wrapped up in what we believe is ours. All things belong to Him....even our relationships. When something doesn't work right, we frantically try to fix it. The Holy Spirit does not want us to be frantically controlled by anything in our lives..... whether a possession or a relationship. He wants us to be free to enjoy the gifts He has given us. He wants us to know we can't fix either one. If the possession does not control us, He gives us the wisdom to fix the problem without frustration. If we realize that problem in a relationships is not ours to solve, then we see that friendship as the gift He has given. Whether a possession or a friend, each belongs to Him, and not to us. If either one controls us, we have frustration and unrest. If He controls us, we can have His peace. It is His place to bring peace.
As humans we have a tendency to focus on what we see, and not what can't be seen. However, the Word tells us that if we fix our minds on Him, we can have His perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). And He is the unseen. We can't see Him, but we know Him because He is in us. What I have on earth, either possession or relationship, is for a moment in time. I will cherish each as God's gift, and He alone can fix what I cannot make right. I will do my best to take care of that which He has entrusted to me, but I will do it with His guidance and power. He will always be my greatest love, and the “loves” He gives me on this earth will be His gifts.
There is something I have here on earth that lasts into eternity. It is His love, and it will live forever. It will bring me from spiritual death to eternal victory. I will treat His love with the tenderness and great respect it deserves. I will hold fast to Him because He started His work in me, and, if I continually surrender my life to Him, He will complete it (Hebrews 12:2). What I see now is the unseen of His presence which brings purpose and peace to my life here on this earth. I pray that I always fix my vision on His promise, and never allow the things of this earth to hold me back from His peace and fulfillment.