"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."--2 Cor. 4:18 In honor of Thanksgiving later this month, let's take a journey, shall we? Just as the Pilgrims way back in 1620 began a quest to the New World, I have been desiring to take a journey too. But my journey isn't to a new land or even a new house.
This past month has been one full of uncertainty. What is going on in my body? Will we be moving from our home? When will Anah be arriving? There are a lot of things that threaten to worry me.
But as I pondered Philippians 4:6-7, I was intrigued by a little phrase nestled right in the middle of that passage. Paul tells us to pray about our concerns, with thanksgiving. I had a lot to pray about all right, but with thanksgiving? It was then that I decided to explore those little words. And hence, the next month I will be meditating on this theme throughout my blog posts. I hope you will join me as I sit at the feet of Jesus.
This morning, I was up early and realized that I had not taken the laundry out of the dryer yet. As I opened the dryer door, a thought came into my mind. "Just imagine if I have to hang all of these items of clothing out on a clothesline, one by one!" At that moment, I realized how thankful I was for my dryer. Because of it, I am freed to spend my time in different ways. (Now I know there are still some who like the freshness of sun-dried laundry. Far be it from me to deny you that pleasure! But for me, I am thankful for modern conveniences!)
Okay, so that may be a small thing, but to me it was God's first lesson for me. I, like you, have done laundry a thousand times in my lifetime. It's just a part of our ordinary life. Nothing big. Nothing exciting.
And yet, when God begins changing my heart, He also begins to change the way I see. The ordinary becomes special. The dryer does not change in face value. But as I grow in thanksgiving, God helps me to see the ordinary, mundane or even the irritating, painful and difficult in a new light. As I fix my eyes on Him, He begins to change my perspective.
Will you join me in the journey? I pray that as His children, we will learn to delight with the eyes of a child all His gracious gifts around us.
Father, Teach me how to see things in a new light. My eyes are often so fixed on the temporary that I cannot see the eternal. I come to You and invite You to mold and shape my heart. May thanksgiving and gratitude color all that I see so that I can praise You and love You even more. Amen.
This month, my family and I are going to set aside our dinner meals to share one thing we are thankful for each day. It could be a tangible blessing or it could be an intangible one (e.g. a significant conversation, a lesson God taught us, etc.). The rule is that it cannot be the same thing every day! My hope is that this will stretch my children to be on the lookout or even anticipating God's blessings in our lives every day.
Personally, because I like to stretch myself, I will also be taking a photo and journaling briefly about what I see. My prayer is that in 30 days, God will use this discipline to develop a new habit of seeing all that is in my life with different eyes.