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, the cell phone, or that new thing we just had to have. They are all fleeting. Here for a moment in time, we sometimes make them the most important elements of our lives. If God has allowed them, they are His gifts to either abuse or treasure. We abuse them when we make them the most important aspect of our lives. They are treasured as God wishes when we treasure 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 doesn’t want us to be frantically controlled—either by a possession or a relationship. He wants us free to enjoy the gifts He has given. He wants us to know we can't fix either one. When a possession doesn’t control us, He gives the wisdom to fix a problem without frustration. When we realize that a problem in a relationships is not ours to solve, then we see that friendship as the gift He intended. 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 have His 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). We can't see Him, but we know Him because He is in us. What we have on earth, either possession or relationship, is for a moment in time. If we cherish each as God's gift knowing He alone can fix what we can’t He imparts His power to take care of what has been entrusted to our care.
He will always be the greatest love of my life, and each possession or relationships He imparts on this earth will be His gifts. His love is the only thing I have that follows me into eternity. I will honor His amazing love with tenderness, respect, and commitment. 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 realize now is the unseen of His presence which brings promise and purpose to my life. If I always fix my vision on Him, and never allow the things of this earth to consume me, I won’t be subject to the need for constant approval. His validation alone shall be enough. And His peace will rule my life.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher