Friday, February 09, 2007

fixed on the unseen

Let it all out (get it all out)
Rip it out, remove it
Don't be alarmed when the wound begins to bleed
We're so scared to find out (what this life's all about)
So scared we're gonna lose it
And knowing all along that's exactly what we need

And You said, "I know that this will hurt,
but if I don't break your heart, things will just get worse.
If the burden seems too much to bear, remember
The end will justify the pain it took to get us there."


The above is just a sampling of a song by Relient K that echoes much of what I wrote about Lot a few days ago. Lot knew it well--the journey away from sin and disasterous decisions is not an easy one. It wounds, it bleeds, it's messy. Even when the journey isn't away from sin--perhaps just allowing God into a hurt or letting him awaken a numb spot--sometimes it can be overwhelming. Dizzying, even.

I hear much truth and hope in a song like this. I love that God recognizes the things that hurt us, and that he knows such burdens can seem too heavy. Yet he has the big picture in mind. He knows that the destination will far outweigh the pain. Paul says it best:

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
-2 Corinthians 4:16-18

If that promise is true, then I want to always give him room to lovingly rip out and remove the things that get in the way of his glory. A life that is ever-increasing in intimacy with him will be worth any pain it takes to get us there.


Emily said...

Hi, Katie Lerch! It's been a long time since I've seen you! This is my first time on your blog...I really like what you said in this post, especially. I was just reading those verses last week myself. That's where I am right now, learning to focus on the unseen. It's hard sometimes, huh? Well, I like your blog. Have a great day - Emily Lewis

Jason Rhue said...

In the spirit of "surrendering" our lives to Christ, I asked a tough question to God last Friday. "Lord, would you have me delete all of my blogs if they become an idol or source of pride." His response, "Would you be willing to let me be your sole source of identity and love?"

A question answered with a question. That rarely ends well for the one behind the initial interrogative...or does it?