2007-03-12

seen and unseen

This weekend I was reading through the sermon on the mount, and the following phrase really got me thinking:

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!"

This got me thinking about seen and unseen and how we get so caught up in what is seen, what is immediate, right in front of us... we sense needs in ourselves, and we reach to fill them with whatever is immediate. But those immediate things only kind of plug up the hole for a while, like stopping a leak with bubble gum - they don't actually fill the hole. What is needed is that we ask that the holes we see in ourselves be filled, that we would be given the correct thing to repair the holes, and then wait. trust.

"Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these."

We can't see ourselves what unseen things may be coming in the future, and that scares us. We like to know, to have control, to be able to paste up our wounds (if even temporarily) so that we don't hurt. And as a result, we miss what God would give us to actually fix the holes in us, rather than just patch them up for a bit.

Let go of the immediate, of the seen, of what is tangible and right in front of you. Believe in the unseen, believe what may take time and may hurt, but may be the only real solution.

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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