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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Unseen


Sometimes the best things in life are those we can't see.

Love, for example.  We can see the results and expression of it, but it's not tangible...not something we can actually see or touch.

Jesus said in Matthew 6,
"When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Matthew 6:6)
Paul wrote to the Corinthians,
"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 what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
God is unseen.  Faith is invisible.  In the letter to the Hebrews it says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."  (Hebrews 11:1)

This faith in the invisible is not something God expects us to conjure of our own accord.  He gives us faith as a free, unearned gift. God knows that sometimes we struggle with believing in something we can't see.  So he helps us.

It's like the wind.  One of the few poems I've ever memorized is this, The Wind, by Christina Rosetti:

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

So it is with God.  And so it is with faith.  We cannot see or touch them, but we can feel them.  We can be sure of their presence in our lives, and especially in our hearts.  And we can see the expressions of them.

We can see the results of our faith when life seems most confusing and distressing, and yet we're able to give our worries and cares to God and lean on him.

We can see the expression of God when he answers our prayers in ways we would never expect...or when he shows us his love in something as simple as a sunset, or a baby's laugh, or a hug from a loved one.

So today, look for the unseen.  Look for how those things which are most precious, but which are invisible to our eyes, reveal themselves in your life.

The best things in life... are those we can't see at all.


Linking with: Upward Not Inward, Deep Roots at Home, Raising Homemakers, We are THAT Family, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

3 comments:

  1. Wonderful words, always a great post here.

    Yvonne

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  2. Thanks for showing us the wind today, Jaimie. It's particularly apt seeing as how we've had high winds for a couple days. The wind reminds us of the Spirit of course, and as you say his unseen but so powerful place in our lives is always worth keeping an eye out for.

    Cheers,
    Tim

    P.S. I'm working on a post about wind too, prompted by the winds we've had here this week.

    P.P.S. Ever consider doing a guest post? I'd love to have you write for my place!

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  3. We're talking about the gift of faith in Moms' Study tomorrow as we begin our journey through Romans. Your post will tie in so well... I'm going to print and share it. Thank you, precious girl!

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