In the early morning hours of today, I grabbed a blanket and headed outside to my patio. The sun was rising and the wind chimes played a beautiful song as the breeze gently wafted through them. Though it is September, the only cool of the day is found in these hours. For a moment, I can experience Fall which, though almost here, seems distant as the temperatures continue to climb into the 90’s daily.
I’ve had the joy of watching fledgling blue birds test their wings. I have unsuccessfully tried to decipher the animated conversation taking place between a very loudly quacking duck and a cawing crow. So much for peace and quiet! I have attempted several photos to capture this moment, but as of yet it is still too dark. And I have spent time with my Lord, thanking him for blessings, seeking his comfort, making petitions, and confessing some sins.
Though I have so many things for which to be thankful, I also live with health problems, emotional pain, and loneliness. In this, I know I am not alone. So today I pray for those of you who can relate to these feelings. In the midst of all our lives exist less than perfect scenarios no matter who were are. That’s where we find Jesus, in those dark places. That is where He directs us to have a broader view that surpasses the “stuff” of this world. This outlook is one that fixes our eyes on heaven and not on our “light and momentary troubles.”
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that 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.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
I want to close with the words from a chorus of a hymn I sang growing up entitled “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” It goes as follows: Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
May our focus become seeking our Lord’s face and may the light His of glory and grace expel the darkness in the deepest parts of our souls. It takes discipline because Satan constantly throws roadblocks of discouragement in our paths. Hold close to your heart the words of 1 John 4:4…”Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world.” Be encouraged as your view of heaven and eternity is expanded and this world’s cares fade in comparison. God bless you and keep you. To God Be the Glory!
(I did get one photo of the morning after all!)