2 Corinthians 4:18 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.
There’s a scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where Indy is standing in front of a bottomless cavern. He scatters some sand into the abyss and from the darkness a bit of a bridge appears. What happens next is ridiculous, crazy, reckless even. He puts his foot out and steps into the empty space. Then it happens: the bridge appears. It was there all along – he just couldn’t see it. It is a picture of trust, faith, and the belief that the impossible is right before us, even when we don’t see it.
What we see with our eyes is temporary, Paul says. It is deceiving. What we see leads us to all kinds of problems. It is what we do with our eyes shut that really matters. The unseen is where the reality of God takes place. It is in the unseen, Paul writes, that the big stuff really happens. That is where the eternal takes place. That is where faith moves mountains. It is in the unseen.
Our eyes really do get the best of us though. They fool us into thinking that somethings are more important than they really are. They lead us to believe that what we see is all that matters. I get it. It can be hard to look at a situation and not get discouraged. It can be difficult to imagine how you will endure this storm. But hope is unseen. God’s miraculous, impossible, irrational, crazy ways are often unseen. But if you just close your eyes, you will discover how clearly you can really see. It is then that the supernatural invades the impossible. It is then that hope trumps discouragement. It is then that faith rises up and mountains move. So let us fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen!