The Unseen

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For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. [Romans 8:24-25]

How are the studs looking in your house? How about the drywall? What color is the engine in your car? When was the last time you examined the hard drive in your computer?

Often, those things that are unseen by the eye are very important. From cars to houses to our own bodies, we don’t always get to see the parts that hold us up or keep us moving. And if we are seeing them, it’s probably because something is wrong!

The unseen things are of utmost importance. That’s where hope fits in. Like our lungs, which keep breathing even if we aren’t thinking about it, hope keeps our spirit alive and well. We don’t see it, but we know we have life in our bodies because our lungs are functioning. And we know our souls are thriving when hope is working.

What we see in this world can take the wind out of our sails. The realities around us can make us panic and worry. Those things which are so easy to see can hinder us from breathing in hope. The diagnosis, the calamity, the national tragedy, the neighbor’s devastation: things we see have the power to upend the things we cannot see.

But a hole in the drywall is much easier to deal with than a crack in the foundation. God can do all things, and we put our trust in Him. All people are longing for more, and we know where our longings are pointing us- to Jesus. He has placed deep within us an unquenchable hope.

So wait with patience. Even if what you are seeing is not good. Even if what you are experiencing is overwhelming. Jesus has risen from the dead! And He has promised to raise you, too! Your body will be redeemed. Your relationships will be restored. This world will be put right. Have hope! And let’s wait together and be the Church- the visible sign of hope in a broken world.

Heavenly Father, we know you rose from the dead. We know your promises of life and love for all who put their trust in you. Strengthen our hope, that we might endure with patience everything we experience this side of eternity. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

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