"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed,but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed...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!" 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 18
2 Corinthians chapter 4 is hands down my favorite chapter in the Bible. It reminds me what I am (a clay jar), it reminds me that the trials in my life are an opportunity for my God to show His power, and finally it reminds me that what I'm looking at right now for the most part is temporary. It's the things that I don't see with my eyes that really matter--they are the stuff that eternity is made of.
This past week I have experienced the highs and lows of life here on this earth. I got to meet my newest grandson, Garrett Randall, and the next day I drove several hours to be with my father and the rest of my family as my Dad had by-pass surgery. With each passing day I am more keenly aware that whether I like it or not, most of my life is pretty much out of my control. The only things I really have any control over are my own thoughts and attitudes and my willingness to surrender myself to Christ.
There is an old song that ends with these words"...Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand. But I know who holds tomorrow and I know He holds my hand."