Am I born into a world that I must spend the rest of my life striving to live as though I am not of? The words of Jesus echo in my mind and I am reminded of the definitive nature of His declaration of truth Ö Though I am in it, I am not of this world. It is not a command, it is a statement.
If not striving, then what? Am I merely a sightseeing tourist . . . Running from this building to the next, mapping out the route in order to cover the most ground, snapping pictures instead of soaking in the beauty around me. Recording memories instead of cherishing them in my heart. Checking off my list of sights to see.
Must I be content to open up a tour guide brochure and follow along an already forged path? Must I be content to stop at landmarks and read the words of others that tell about their significance? Am I too busy flying, driving, passing by? I look and do not see. I am not perceiving the truth. I am not observing the facts. I am not discovering the mystery. I am not exploring the unknown.
How should I live my life in this foreign land?
I must slow down. Walk donít run. Choose a pace that will allow me to experience the experience. See that the clouds are not white but shades of gray and blue. Hear the rustling of the leaves as the wind tickles the branches of a tree. Feel the cool grass beneath my feet on an Autumn day. Smell the impending rain that threatens a perfect afternoon. Taste crunchy sweet candy apples that are a secret desire. There is much to be aware of, much that my senses have become deadened to by the pace of a busy life. However, even these are temporal treasures. If my heart is where my treasure is and my treasure is temporary, I am left with a lost heart. But what if my treasure be eternal?
Godís word says that we are to focus not on the seen, temporary things of life but on the unseen, eternal things. This is why sight seeing is not the goal. I cannot live my life in this world as a sight seeing tourist. I have to dig and find the eternal things, the things that are not seen with the human eye but only through the eyes of God. My prayer has to be that I would live all of my life through His eyes. Only then is the deeper purpose of living in this alien world accomplished. Without His eyes, I miss the wonder of His beauty in His people, I miss the needs that cry to be met. I miss the opportunities to serve with love and compassion.
Living in this world is not about taking in the sights and landscapes. It is about making a difference in the lives of people. It is about loving and laughing and giving and serving. I repeat an earlier statement: I must slow down. I must become aware of those around me and pray that God will work through me to change lives. I cannot do this while I am darting from one place to the next trying to take it all in. In my quest to see everything, I am seeing nothing.
Where to begin? In the next room. When? Right now. How? In the strength and wisdom of the Lord. I type my final words and walk away from my desk. It is time to go forth in my pursuit of the unseen.
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O the drama in that final paragraph - it made me laugh Cynthia! which sort of broke the seriousness a bit but I loved your piece here. I echo your prayer that He allow us to see thru His eyes too....Do you think that we can take in the sights as we travel "pilgrims thru this barren land" though? Times for refreshing, reflecting, renewing...lots of lovely images in your piece - thank you.