Close your eyes and see

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!

2 thoughts on “Close your eyes and see

  1. I am reminded by your article of John 4:9-11. Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water.
    Her reply was one from open physical eyes rather than spiritual eyes. She said, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep” (she just thought she would run her observation to home plate). Are you kidding me? She just told God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, sorry buddy you forgot your bucket. We need to see things through the eyes of our Lord rather than via our limited vision. Thanks for provoking consideration in my heart rather than thoughts in the old brain.

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