“So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Walking in the Dark
There have been many times the physical, mental, and emotional trials in my life have felt insurmountable.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine God’s goodness in the face of suffering and grace does not seem sufficient for the weakness inherent in this jar of clay. You’d think a better option would be stainless steel, something that won’t rust or crack or wear out. But God chooses the weak to shame the strong.
During the dark days when suffering seems to be the default setting in life, we are reminded it’s the path to glory. Indeed, the Bible talks about identifying with the suffering of Christ and even carrying about in our bodies the dying of Jesus.
We are prone to death in our mortal bodies. In some ways, we are handed over to death day by day as we move on the path toward eternity. The day will come when this earthen vessel cracks open to the full glory of God.
For now, we see in part. We glimpse God’s glory all around us.
No place is devoid of God’s presence and when we’ve trained our vision on unseen things, we begin to hope in the glory to come.
There are times I’ve cried out to God when the world was dark and viciously loud and God seemed silent and nowhere to be found. I think of David penning the psalms with tears, with lament, with great hope and joy. These things are not opposed. Because while we know that trials and suffering will come, we also know these losses do not mean we are lost.
We have been given a vision of unseen things, a call to focus our eyes on the weight of glory to come.
Sometimes we walk in the dark, arms arcing in front of us as we scan for obstacles and sometimes we smack right into them, but even when we cannot see, we have a vision to guide us home.
We are on a path to glory.
Knowing and having a vision of God’s goodness helps us fix our eyes on the glorious hope to come. It doesn’t ask us to pretend that pain is not there or trials aren’t difficult, but it does offer a purpose for suffering and a comfort that we are not alone in it.
Perhaps today you need to know you are not alone in the trials you face and that enduring them and calling out to God is our path to glory.
If you’re walking in the dark, how can we walk alongside and pray for you?