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July 25, 2018

Mennonite hay wagon
The interesting sights of Lancaster County!
This Mennonite farmer is transporting a wagon load of hay. Although it looks like he's on some back road with little traffic he's actually entering a major intersection on US Highway 322 east of Ephrata, PA.

"The Unseen Eternal"

Message summary: Remember all that we presently see is temporary. Let us fix our eyes on the unseen, which is eternal.

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"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 4:18).

About twenty years ago SIRDS were very popular. Do you remember them?

SIRDS stands for Single Image Random Dot Stereogram. These are those images that appear to make no sense at all until you focus your vision a certain way. Then an image or word just seems to pop out of the picture. I created the image below but frankly I can't see the words I create in the SIRDS! I welcome readers to try and see if they can see it! (click on image to enlarge) I'll also provide the answer tomorrow.

SIRDS image (click to enlarge)

It seems to me that the spiritual realm is in some respects like a SIRDS. As we look about we only see the temporal realm. Now in many ways, unlike the initial random meaningless image in a SIRDS, it's beautiful since we are looking at God's design.

But like a SIRDS there's more to reality that we do not initially see and that is what the apostle Paul calls the "unseen" in the daily Scripture verse. "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". Now I believe that by grace we can, in a presently limited sense, see this realm, but it does require an intentional fixing of our eyes on this unseen realm.

Fixing our eyes in this manner requires concentration and focus. It means to "fix one's gaze upon, to concentrate one's attention on." Physically our eyes observe the seen but Paul is referring to our spiritual eyes here, a focus on the unseen, eternal Kingdom that awaits all who follow Christ. This is the essence of faith. One version states we "consider and look." The underlying Greek word is where we get the word "scope".

This illustrates a great spiritual principle. We are especially aware of readers who are going through difficult times as they read this.  The immediately preceding verse declares, "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all" (2 Corinthians 4:17). May God's Word bring assurance and confident faith, particularly in these enduring trials. As we go through the troubles of life it's important to remember that we we should "fix our eyes" on the eternal glories rather than the temporary burdens we bear today.

But there's another danger that the text addresses. Not only do we need to be mindful of the temporariness when going through the hard times but also when we're going through the good times. Moses warned the Israelites that when you prosper, don't forget the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:10ff). 

Remember all that we presently see is temporary. Let us fix our eyes on the unseen, which is eternal.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: In the maze of life's events where we're often a passenger on the roller coaster of life's ups and downs, may we never lose sight of You, Jesus. You are the unseen but ever-present Shepherd who protects, guides and tenderly comforts us in all our trouble. Thank You, Lord, that when change is constantly about us, You remain steadfast, faithful, and dependable. You are the Anchor that keeps us grounded in the unseen but eternal truths we build our lives upon. Keep us faithful and help us to always believe!  Amen.

Swatara Creek flooding 7/24/18
We have had a lot of rain the last several days with a forecast of more today. Since Saturday we have had over 10 inches in our home rain guage. We've also had a lot of flooding in our area including a flooded Swatara Creek we passed yesterday near Hershey, PA. That is normally a field across the highway with the creek several hundred feet in the background. Lots of roads are closed in our region and Hershey Park is closed due to flooding.  See Hersheypark underwater

Swatara Creek flooding 7/24/18
We are thankful we have had no flooding in our home but last night this was the scene of our front lawn!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Open my eyes"  Video   Fountainview Academy These are high school students!

Finally today:
Unloading truck at Audreys 7/24/18
It takes teamwork to unload a large container at Audrey's in Lebanon, PA.

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