Seeing through the Shadows

Therefore, we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away.  Yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  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.
II Corinthians 4:16-18

Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things, for you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:1-3

I was reminded of these verses today, though a conversation with my church family.  These were the verses I to which I turned when life seemed too overwhelming or disappointing or futile.  They served to reset my focus.

Whenever life got too heavy, I would recite these verses, and they would remind me that the life all around me is merely a shadow of the greater reality, the glory of God and the war raging in the spiritual realm.  Nothing around me truly matters, not with the deep significance of the spiritual battle raging for people’s very lives.  There are so many wandering the battlefield, completely oblivious to the fight, to the casualties, on path to become casualties themselves.

Those are the things that matter.  Not whether I got cut off in traffic or didn’t get the promotion I believe I deserved.  These things are merely shadows.

I see now that I’ve been distracted by the shadows.  I’ve lost sight of reality, blinded by the fog of the shadow world all around me.

But I will not lose heart.  I will fix my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.  I will fix my eyes on what is unseen.  I will set my mind on things above.  And I will be filled with joy that my life is hidden with Christ.

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