2 Corinthians 4:18 in the Message reads:
“There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”
There’s far more in life than what you can see with your eye. It’s what you focus on that matters.
Do you focus on the material things – the things you can see? All too often, those things are given greater importance in our lives – even if we don’t do it deliberately.
What do you worry about? The bills? The car and whether it is going to break down or not? The house, and the decoration? And, as we come closer to the festive season – yes, Christmas will be here before we know it (60 more sleeps till Christmas as this is written!) – we think about what we are going to buy, what we are going to have to spend, and such like.
But there is far more here than meets the eye. There is far more going on around us than we can see – or can you see the invisible?
Ever walked into a room, and sensed a tension, as if there had been an argument? Ever walked into a stadium full of people and sensed the expectation of what is to come, or the disappointment of what just happened? Ever walked into a bar in a strange town, and you just feel as though you want to turn on your heels and walk straight out again? Ever felt suddenly nervous driving down the road, and slowed down for some reason, and then found yourself getting closer to a traffic jam caused by an accident? There was no sign of it before – you just sensed “something” that made you be wary.
You see, there is far more here than meets the eye – you just have to shift your focus. Shift your focus to the invisible.
So what are those invisible things that we should focus on? What are the important things of this world that we cannot see?
Although not an exhaustive list, by any means, would you not think of the following invisible things as being more important to you than anything we can see in the world:
hope, faith, love, affection, kindness, joy, perseverance, character, peace, comfort, reliability, encouragement, a hug (OK – you can see a hug, but that’s not what makes it special – it’s how it makes you feel), goodness, faithfulness. Can you add any more to the list?
(Check out Galatians 5:22 – the fruits of the Spirit, and 2 Peter 1:5-7.)
This week, heavenly Father, I acknowledge that there‘s far more here than meets the eye. Help me focus on the things we can’t see; help me focus on the important things, not the visible things; help me see the invisible. And as I begin to consider and see the invisible, help me keep my focus. I ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.