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Looking at What is Unseen – A Message from Mom

Friday I returned home from the hospital, where I had been on “Pete duty” for two days. I walked into the house to find the mail on the dining table. There were two cards that had come that day, one from a dear friend in Pennsylvania and one from a dear friend in California . Both had written their cards personally to me. Neither has ever met the other. Both had calligraphed scripture verses to me inside their cards. Of all the many passages that each woman could have chosen, both of them “happened” upon the same one:

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as 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.”  2 Corinthians 4:16-18

One friend encouraged me in the thought that, although Peter’s life may appear to be “on hold” right now, God is still working in him, renewing his inner nature. The Holy Spirit is not hindered by comas. This truth lifted my spirits because now that Peter seems more aware of his surroundings, there are times he looks down or discouraged. That my friend is praying for his sanctification to be unhindered, according to the Lord’s promise to the believer undergoing affliction, comforts me greatly.

The other friend included in her note her desire for Thanksgiving that our time with our family might be richer, more meaningful, and more precious than ever. This struck my heart, because my son Peter has always enjoyed time with family so much. So often over the years, I’ve heard him say following a busy week: “Can we just spend tonight at home as a family?” Peter has always felt and appreciated the warmth and security of being close as a family. Five nights before his accident, we had an early celebration of my birthday in our home with a close circle of friends and family. That night, after everyone had gone home, Peter posted a new facebook status: “Thank God for the small foretastes of Heaven that He provides, like a restful evening enjoying the edifying fellowship of family and friends.”

Yes, as enjoyable as that evening was, in God’s scheme of things it was only “temporal” or “transient” because it fell into the category of “what is seen.” The close fellowship our family has enjoyed over the years in peaceful surroundings is now interrupted somewhat by the jarring nature of Pete’s accident. But it, after all, is only a picture, albeit a beautiful one, of the real thing, which cannot be disrupted for eternity. How wonderful must the real thing be, if as Peter indicated, the “foretaste” gives so much satisfaction.

I challenge you young moms and dads to make your home a place of warmth and togetherness and security. Give up what it costs you to accomplish it. Make it your priority to show your children a marriage that is like the relationship between Christ and us, and give them a family that inspires holiness accompanied by an unconditional and effectively working love. It will help sustain you in times of disaster when many worldly families fly apart, and it will draw your children to the beauty of the Lord, to what is “unseen” and “eternal.”

For Peter:

“My dear brother, let God make of you what he will, he will end all with consolation, and shall make glory out of your sufferings; and would ye wish better work?” — Samuel Rutherford in “The Loveliness of Christ”


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