So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
What is Seen
Mention the word safari and most people think of Africa, not Churchill, Manitoba. But, if safari means seeing animals in the wild, there is no better place on the planet for a polar bear safari than on the shores of Hudson Bay. One travel blogger wrote: “The journey took us on a flight in a small cargo plane and then another on a tiny twin otter to a dusty airstrip in the middle of nowhere. There wasn’t an ounce of civilization for 100 miles. We were in the middle of the Arctic Tundra surrounded by nothing but hundreds of polar bears, black bears, wolves, and moose.”
There is so much natural beauty in this world, a person could spend an entire lifetime travelling around the globe and still not see all the breathtaking scenery. The God who created it all is truly remarkable. Of all the people on the planet who ought to appreciate the beauty of Creation, it is those of us who have come to know Him through faith in Jesus Christ. At the same time, we are the only people who seek after that which cannot be seen. Paul the apostle writes this 2 Corinthians 4:18: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Followers of Jesus are called to always keep the long view in mind. When we come into relationship with Jesus through faith, our eyes are open to see all things in light of eternity. As we begin to look towards 2023, let’s determine to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and His eternal kingdom.
These have been words from the heart.