I Did Not See It

Have you been challenged recently by a trial?

And find yourself falling into moments of discouragement?

Maybe worry and fear, like two unwelcome visitors, are knocking on the doors of your heart and mind.

I’ve experienced those same things and have found comfort in knowing that God is greater than anything I will face today. There are thousands of promises to rest your heart and soul in, but I want to give you a few that have brought strength to my weaknesses in the heat of devastating trials. First, you can know this – God does have a plan and purpose that He is carrying out in your life. Sometimes, our lives can seem to be filled with chaotic brokenness. However, in those times, the broken pieces of our lives are isolated only from our point of view, not God’s. He is working out a plan in your life. Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet, discovered this same truth, when he heard God’s words, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Then, take comfort in the certainty of God’s plan to carry out His purpose completely in your life. Here’s the promise to hold close to your heart: “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever.” (Psalm 138:8). Those are words that David held on to in his own journey with the Lord.

And finally, here’s an exhortation that will help you continue on as you run your race with endurance.

Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Peter 1:13

Sometimes we get so caught up in the present that we think this world is all there is. There is so much more that we do not yet see. The writer of Hebrews tells us that “here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). There is more than meets the eye, my friend. Look to your amazing, everlasting future with your Lord where you will experience those things that last forever. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

I was out shooting some photos before sunrise yesterday morning. And just as I was about to leave, I saw a great white egret fly over to the water just next to a group of rocks. I had my 70-300mm telephoto so I was able to zoom in on it. I shot only one photo, but I was looking forward to processing it in Photoshop. Once I downloaded the raw file, I was amazed at what I had in the picture.

And I’m just going to tell you right now – I did not see it! There was not one bird, but three birds – and all different – the great white egret on the left, a black-crowned night heron, and a snowy white egret. Hit the lightbox popup and look closely at the full image. The egret on the right has yellow feet with whitish legs and the egret on the left has black legs. That’s how you can tell the difference. Then, I knew about the black-crowned night heron because I’ve taken photos of them before with my brother-in-law who is amazing when it comes to all things photography and ornithology.

How many times in life do we become discouraged by what we see happening, when, in fact, there is more than meets the eye?

All the promises of God open up the world of God’s kingdom and eternity and the truths that we don’t see at first. If we don’t look at God’s Word, we’ll miss those truths, and we won’t see things as they really are. Just like my view through the lens yesterday morning where I missed the whole picture, we miss the real truth. We become worried and afraid, when, in fact, if we really saw what God was doing, we might have great reason to have a great hope and an excitement about what is to come.

So today, I’m remembering how I just did not see it yesterday with those birds, until I looked more closely. And I’m focusing in on God’s promises in His Word with the lenses of my spiritual eyes through the power of the Holy Spirit. And I pray that you will do the same.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Water Trio
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  • Description: Trio of water fowl at a waterfall in Palm Desert, CA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 06/02/13
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, 70-300mm telephoto.
  • Photoshoot: Morning PhotoShoot in Palm Desert, CA.
  • Post-Processing: Photomatix, Photoshop, Nik Software.
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