What is Unseen is Eternal
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
To Saint Paul I say: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Because, periodically, I need a reminder that there is more to life than what I see, hear and read from the daily avenues of the world. It is all too easy to get caught up in the vortex of toils, troubles and woes on the local, state, national and worldwide level. It seems that most of the “news” thrives on being alarming, sensational or just plain depressing. Wars, floods, pandemics, fires and unrest have been and, I suppose, will always be a part of the human saga. (Note: The author of Ecclesiastes figured this out a long, long time ago: Ecclesiastes 1:9 “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.”)
Yet, our friend Paul hit the nail on the head when he wrote, “What is seen is temporary,” and he admonishes us to look beyond the daily headlines and to focus our hearts and minds on something far more important; that which is eternal. So, today, take some time to put down the paper, turn off the tube and then just be present with God. You can read His word, pray or sit and stare at the clouds as your heart communes with your Creator. Give yourself a gift and spend 30 minutes (or as much as you can) away from the “seen things” of the world and take time to embrace the unseen. The eternal. The things of God.
A prayer for today
Dearest Lord, amid the daily rushing to and fro, deadlines, caregiving, commuting, schooling, exercise and social life, we forget to take a step back and seek out quiet and rest. Help us take time to retreat to a solitary place just as Jesus took time to withdraw from the crowds and rest in You, Amen.