“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.” 11 Cor 4:18
Trusting God through difficulty isn’t any easy activity. It requires faith and belief that “When there seems to be no way – God will make a way.” I do not always look at difficulty as an opportunity for growth. A lot of the time, I see it more like a road block to what I want accomplished. I need the eyes to see that there is more going on than the here and now. There is a process that is taking place for eternity.
Just as athletes focus on the finish line and are not distracted from their goal, we need to ignore the road blocks of a lack of progress and remember that there is a greater work going in our hearts.
I believe the Bible is a road map for daily living. I believe that the truth of scripture can transform our lives. Paul had such an amazing perspective about where to focus his eyes/heart. He warned us in his writings that we would face hardship but that our suffering would not even compare with the glory that will be revealed in us as God’s children. In II Corinthians 4, he wrote about this very thing, “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 on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Glory revealed in me? in my son? Yes!! God is doing a work in us that we may not see…but God’s plan is being carried out.
So how does this relate to every day parenting a son/daughter with special needs? As a mom of a challenged son, I know that the stress I carry can be lightened by what perspective I choose to have. I can only do my best with the resources I’ve been given. I desire to look upward instead of just what is in front of me. I will remember that the work God is doing in my heart (and in my sons) is going to be revealed one day and it will reveal HIS GLORY in what his plan and purposes are for us.
Father, thank you for your reminder to me that I am to FIX my thoughts not just on the here and now. I believe you are doing a work in my heart and in my son/daughters heart and your purposes may be much different than what I can see from my earthly perspective. I trust you…