2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen, for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Thought for the Day: God is in the unseen
Walking happily in the park on a Sunday afternoon was wonderful. There were so many people and so many natural things to see. I decided to walk the opposite direction from my norm where I might see things differently as I searched for photo opportunities. The first time I pulled out my camera was as I walked by a creek area. As I heard the water move, I looked over to see a beaver coming out of the water to come up on the creek’s edge. I took so many pictures, hoping one would be perfect. I had never seen a beaver at the park before and had been looking. There can’t be a beaver lodge without beavers somewhere. As I continued walking, I heard the sweetest conversation between a daddy and a little girl. “Yes, there are birds here. Can you look for them?”, said the daddy. “I see one!” replied the little girl. “Take a picture!” continued the daddy. The little girl cupped her hands like she was taking a picture. “I think it was a parrot!” screamed the little girl. “Oh, it was a parrot?!” continued the daddy. The voice of the little girl was so sweet and I actually put my camera on video to record a bit of the conversation without the visual. I continued walking and saw a little squirrel. As I watched, it came very near to me and I shot several pictures of it posing on the side of a tree staring straight at me. I couldn’t wait to get home to see those pictures on my computer. Then, as I came near the end and walked out on a pier, I saw a couple and they were both holding cameras with very long lenses. I asked them what they were seeing and they told me there were Blue Herons nesting in the trees across the lake. She was very gracious and pointed them out to me. I took several pictures hoping I could see the birds better when I opened them on my computer. What an awesome day at the park – the best pictures ever!
But, as life can be sometimes, I got home and placed the memory card into my computer and went to the file. “NO PICTURES!” I still do not know what happened as this had never happened before but none of the pictures I took on that walk were there. No squirrel, no blue heron, and no beaver. Gone, all gone! At first I teared up and got a little angry. But then I realized that nothing bad had really happened. Actually, a lot of good happened on my walk. I still remember the beaver on the side of the creek, the little girl’s voice as she saw the “parrot”, the squirrel’s scurrying around the park, and the herons in the trees. And, now I have something to look forward to the next time I share time at the park. God blesses us every day with nice surprises, doesn’t He? Today, I received some beautiful surprises in the park. I can’t share them with anyone but they are now in my memory, and I know God gave those images to me as a gift. God gave those to me as a reminder that He is there in my heart. I may not be able to see them in front of me on a computer screen but I know in my heart He is there with me.
Prayer: O, God! Thank you for letting us see glimpses of You as we go through our days! Through nature and through our children, we very quickly see You in the beauty around us and in the eyes of our children. Thank you for loving us so much that You created a beautiful world around us. You are awesome! Amen!
Prayer Focus: Glimpses of God