Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.

Much like this year of 2020 I have no idea what I am really going to write, the ambiguity of it all has begun to become a normalized lifestyle I believe; not truly knowing what will happen next. It’s the mixture between Elsa in the movie Frozen 2 singing “into the unknown” and Pocahontas singing “waiting just around the river bend” a cacophony of uncertainty, yet excitement as this year continually unfolds before us.

As I look out and see the events that have been transpiring there has been a “lifting of the veil” as it were, where there is exposure to the things we have deemed significant but at the end of the day hold no true significance — idols being shown and the testing of our faith. Because if I am to look at the United States alone there has been much that has been brewing underneath the surface for a long time and it has taken the pause of this year to really begin to expose things into the light…guess that’s where 2020 becomes even more significant because perhaps we are re-gaining true 20/20 vision.

However, as the stripping process of idols such as sports, relationships, materialism, success, money, status, food…and much, much more has continually been happening the two questions come to my mind of “where do we fix our eyes?” And “On what foundation are we going to stand on?” If it isn’t evident enough the things we have deemed important and significant and “must haves” were turned on their heads and it quickly became evident that these foundations in which we have chosen to build our lives on/around really are just quicksand.

Matthew 7:24–27 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

So, have we been foolish people? Yes, to put it bluntly. And my what a kind and merciful God we have who would give us an opportunity to repent and fall before Him humbly and begin to re-build with new eyes, and new hearts!?! Even though it may not feel so kind, it is, truly, because as it is written in Hebrews 12:5–7 “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?”

It is because of His love that we are disciplined and yeah this has felt like a time out in ways, to think of what we have done and to understand what we have placed before Him. Because even though what has been going on has been hard in different ways, shapes, and forms it is actually for our benefit. For as the dust is clearing I can see how people have begun to be reminded of the beauty of family, connection, cooking, creating intentional space with neighbors (even at a distance), learning something new, and not getting so lost in the cares of everyone else!

Yes, there are rich and beautiful things that have been happening in the middle of it all! And now as things begin to become “normal” whatever that is going to be like, I return to the same two questions “what are we going to fix our eyes on?” And “on what foundation are we going to stand on?” Because as we have seen anything can happen in the blink of an eye and I want to be tethered to a sure and anchored hope and that my friends is found only in Jesus. That is where we must turn to in times of uncertainty for He is certain. Again as it is written in Hebrews 12:1–3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Looking to Jesus, for only He satisfies, only He gives life out of the seemingly dead, only He can restore, transform and renew! Only He can be our peace in the middle of the storm and only He can give hope in the uncertainty of life.

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