“Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen”
— II Corinthians 4:18
Three short blasts from my morning alarm summon my soul from restless sleep. It’s as if a shofar has awakened me for battle. My wife stirs. I hit snooze…
Debris from the previous day weighs heavily on me. Up extremely late helping our overwhelmed teenage daughter through a frustrating school assignment, bills need to be paid, but work is scarce…my favorite aunt is on the edge of losing her battle with cancer. Does she know Jesus? I just want to go back to sleep.
I step out of the shower and wipe the fog from the mirror with my hand. I see my reflection in the watery swoosh, you are My child, My beloved, I am so pleased with you. I love you. I close my eyes and breathe in these words. Comfort, identify, hope. I look closer, past my weariness, past my grief, past myself, fix my eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. A pang of hope twitches in my gut. You are with me Jesus.
Ham, cheese, bread. “Which one of you kids likes mayo and which one likes butter?” I can never remember that. Bags packed, mitts and scarves on. Off they go for another day of learning…
I sit down at my desk, steaming coffee in my mug. My daily reminder pops up on my screen: I want you to live in the impossible, with Me all things are possible.
Eyes closed, deep breath, I listen. I position my heart in God’s personal promises. Out of His glorious riches I am strengthened with power though His Spirit in my inner being, so that Christ dwells in my heart through faith.
His presence and promises rise in me, strengthening me to enter into the impossible.
Further Reflection: Mark 1:11, Matthew 19:26, Ephesians 3:16,17
1. List the impossibilities God, by His strength, is calling you into?
2. What are the promises God has given you to meet these challenges?
Jason Hildebrand, part storyteller, part creative catalyst—Jason works around the globe as an actor, producer, and communication coach. He lives in downtown Toronto with his wife and four children. He is a member of Toronto Alliance Church. jasonhildebrand.com
Thank you Jason, your words in this devotional are encouraging to me. Thank you.