This morning I was feeling a bit burdened about everything I had to do today. I had a busy day ahead of me at work, community group as soon as I got home (with not much chance for dinner), I had homework that needed to be done after CG and posted by midnight (now I know why I waited 28 years to go to grad school), and 66Books to write and post by 4AM. As I was starting to rattle off my list to my husband and resigning myself to a very late night I had an idea… maybe he could be a guest writer for 66Books!! He could write it while I did my homework! What a great idea! I pitched it to him and he quietly accepted the task.
Fast forward to tonight… community group was cancelled so I had a chance to actually eat a leisurely dinner (out!) AND get my homework posted by 10PM! And my wonderful husband did the honors and wrote my 66Books entry anyway! Although now that I read it I feel a bit guilty… I thought for sure he would choose one of the Luke passages, maybe the parable of the talents (the Luke version) – at least that’s what I would have choosen. I wonder if there is a message here for me? Anyway, enjoy! And thanks, dear.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 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 Cor. 4 (NIV)
In this passage it feels like Paul is has been under a lot of stress, and very likely the Church at Corinth also. He has this great ability to take the focus off the current situation that he is in and put it in an eternal perspective. At the same time he highlights God’s continual grace to the believer.
On occasions that take me out of my normal comfortable routine I find myself starting to feel stressed, the uneasy feeling of not being in control, the anger when things are not going as planned. I need to go to this passage to be reminded that no matter what we are faced with it does not compare to the rewards that are to come for being faithful. I also need to be reminded that what I am going through is nothing compared to what others have gone through. When we do take the eternal view of our trials we are witnesses to others of the grace and glory of God.
Lord, help me not lose heart when trials come but look to you for guidance and grace. Let me daily seek Christ revealed in my life.