Scripture Reading: 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. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
This last month has been a blur for me as I have cared for my mother while she has been in the hospital, then rehab, and then the hospital again. She has had a difficult month as she has battled various attacks on her body by some vicious infections. My mother is a very strong woman and I have seen this past month her desire to live and to be able to return home again. I have been encouraged by her determination and also by her ever stronger faith in God, as she and I have relied on God when all hope seemed to be lost.
The scripture reading for today reminded me that, in spite of the many hardships that we face as Christians, they are nothing when compared to the promise of eternity with our God in heaven. We will suffer while we are living on this earth, but one day, one glorious day, our suffering will end and we will finally “see” what was previously “unseen.”
My mother was seeing her body wasting away and I was greatly concerned about her ability to get well from all of the bad things that were attacking her body. Yet in the midst of her suffering, I witnessed her great faith and trust in God as we prayed together and talked about what was ahead. I listened one day as we prayed the 23rd Psalm out loud and she didn’t miss a single word. She prayed that Psalm so beautifully that day and I had a certain sense of peace that no matter what happened, that God would take care of my mother. I was really struck by the way she put special emphasis on the words at the end of the 23rd Psalm, “And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” She prayed the 23rd Psalm that way because she believed it.
The Apostle Paul seems to be telling us to not dwell on our momentary troubles but to realize that our pain and our struggles today are achieving for us an eternal glory that will be much greater than we can ever imagine. Paul is encouraging us to “fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen.” The things that we can see are temporary things but the things of God that we cannot yet see are eternal.
Throughout my mother’s sickness we have had many people praying for us and we have felt those prayers. She could feel those prayers as she was laying in her hospital bed, suffering but yet comforted, because she knew that many people were praying for her. I could also feel those prayers every day I got into my car and drove the one hour each way to the hospital. Your prayers helped me to get through those long days and your prayers for rest were also answered. God was there with us this past month and as we believed, God helped us through this difficult time when my mother was very weak and suffering.
The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:7: We live by faith, not by sight. I couldn’t agree more with that statement from Paul. There are things that happen in this life that I cannot understand or even begin to comprehend. However, my focus remains on God and on the things of eternity that are unseen. I live by faith, not by sight, and I continue to trust and believe that my loving and caring God is renewing His children day by day.