Since the pandemic began back in March, I have found much of online world to be a place of discontent and angst and even anger. My response has been to pull back. Blog less frequently . . . read fewer blogs . . . engage less.
But what the world needs is not more complaining, more politics, or more temporary and worldly solutions.
What we need is an eternal perspective. We need words of eternal truth. We need hope. We need Christ.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.II Corinthians 4:16-18
Those words from II Corinthians? They are truth. Truth that does not change, no matter what is happening in our world, no matter what the political climate, no matter how you feel or how I feel.
Did you notice the words light affliction and but for a moment? Oh, our troubles don't feel "light" or "momentary" when they are happening. But in the light of eternity . . . everything else is infinitesimally small.
This poem by Amy Carmichael challenges my "silken self." Maybe it will speak to you too.
Not this way went the Crucified.)
From all that dims Thy Calvary,
Give me the love that leads the way,
A beautiful poem.ReplyDelete
I love it too, Barbara! When the girls and I were memorizing poetry in our homeschool, this is one of the ones I chose because it is so meaningful.Delete
That poem is deep.ReplyDelete
My thoughts about what the world needs are best reflected in 2 Timothy 2:1–4.
So true that this year has not felt light and temporary. I feel as if it has lasted for ten years at least.
It is deep. I like to read it slowly, sometimes out loud, and then read it again.Delete
Oh, that is a helpful passage there in II Timothy! The Word of God is so rich and so powerful!
I hear you. Not that I have suffered in all of the ways that you have . . . but I feel the heaviness of the times.
Cheryl, my weary soul needs to be reminded that "in light of eternity...everything else is infinitesimally small." Leaning on the everlasting arms.ReplyDelete
Martha Ellen, I have heard the weariness in your words, dear friend. There is no shame in being weary when the weariness causes us to lean on the everlasting arms!Delete
Father, help us to see it all in light of eternity!
A beautiful poem and your thoughts that accompany it are lovely, too. Sometimes it seems as though we go through life expecting that all will go our way, when we are never promised that - only that He is always with us, will always strengthen us, and that His love never fails. Thank you, Cheryl.ReplyDelete
And thank you, Lorrie, for adding your thoughts. Oh how comforting to realize that He never leaves us and that His strength and His love are there for us!Delete
Heard Elizabeth Elliot speak many years ago from this passage in Corinthians, and called them "these little troubles" but you're right about them not seeming light or little at the time! That's one of my favorite passages of scripture.ReplyDelete
The passage is rich! And challenging!Delete
Indeed, they are only "these little troubles" when compared to eternity, but I truly believe that they will seem so very small then.
(I would love to have heard Elisabeth Elliot speak!)
...the faith that nothing can dismay...ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing from the heart. Hope the last few days of October are good ones for you and yours!
That's a good line, isn't it?Delete
Thank you for hearing me, Ellen! Happy end of October for you too! You have had a busy month, but a full and happy kind of busy!
What a beautiful post, Cheryl. Thank you for the scripture, your thoughts, and that poem! That is one to print out and reflect on often.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Becki! I love that poem (as I love many of Amy Carmichael's poems) and, yes, it is one to think about deeply. When I came across it again this week, I knew I needed to share it.Delete
Thank you Cheryl for the Amy Carmichael poem...I wrote it out in calligraphy about 30 years ago! Her biography is wonderful too. We need to truly put our minds on things above, and the Word of God. How I long for His soon appearing...Maranatha! LinnReplyDelete
Such a beautiful poem, isn't it? And I am sure it looks beautiful too, written out in calligraphy!Delete
Yes, Linn . . . longing for His coming with you!
What a great poem, Cheryl! Thank you for sharing it with us. I've been reading through the hymns of the Lutheran Book of Worship. They too have such a good message in them. This weekend, with All Saints Day coming up, I've been reading the lyrics for "For All the Saints" and "Built on a Rock The Church Shall Stand." Have a blessed rest of your week, Cheryl.ReplyDelete
Glad you liked the poem too, Judy! And I never tire of hearing and reading the hymns of the faith, so full of doctrine and truth!Delete
Live is hard and full of trials! So great to have our Jesus! He has helped us all through the hard, hard things and is always with us. This poem is one that makes me stand up tall and look to God for everything I need!ReplyDelete
I love that phrase, Deanna . . . stand up tall and look to God! Yes, I feel that way about the poem too. It is heartening!Delete
And amen, Sherry! "So let it be."Delete