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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for the Unseen


I was going to be all cute and clever today with this word.  My original intention was to talk about my closets, cabinets and drawers.  While most of what you can see in my home lies in utter chaos, what is UNSEEN is actually very neat and organized.  Since we are moving in just over a month and transitioning between seasons, this isn’t entirely the case right now.  I’m also not going to post a photo to prove that.

I was reminded of the old saying “a Bible that is falling apart is often a sign of a life that isn’t”.  I’d much rather, be a little disheveled than be crumbling at my core.  This is not to say that I have a perfect life, or that everything is stress-free.  Neither am I living a life that it absolutely obedient and utterly submitted to my LORD.  I am daily being refined and sanctified – it isn’t a pretty process at times.

I also think of all the unseen that will be revealed to me one day.

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.  
I Corinthians 13:12 (New Living Translation)

I will have answers to all my “why”s and “when”s.  My “who”s will also be answered.  

The ones I long to know the most are my children I never got to meet in this world.  Based on all I can remember and all I have been able to piece together through four unsuccessful in vitro fertilizations is that I have about 18 children waiting for me.  I did have the awesome privilege of seeing a photograph of about 7 when they were about 4 days into life and could count the individual cells.

Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.  
Hebrews 11:1

Faith is the thing you really need to know about me to get close in.  To get past all the clutter, the shoes, the chocolate wrappers and coffee cups.  To know why I love learning, why I love creating, why I love connecting, you need to understand how important my faith is to me.  It IS who I am, because it is all about the I AM.

These things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. 
John 20:31 (ESV)

8 comments:

  1. That saying about the Bible is very clever!!! I'm glad to hear that your house is also a clutter chaos.. sometimes it seems that i'm the only one who doesn't have a perfect tidy home.. there are so many other things I want to squeeze into my very limited time off. I love a clean home but I just don't manage. I once read a forum thread "real Christians keep their homes clean" or something like that. That's when I stopped using Christian forums, it was just too much.

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    1. Oh, so sorry that you have run into the only-Pinterest-worthy facade that so many seem to put out there. I really think that is based in fear of other's expectations and then passed along like so much self-righteous legalism. And I truly mean that in a way that offers grace and not condemnation. I am just now sensing a shift in the acceptance of being un-fine, to admit weaknesses and show each other our mess honestly. You may have been on a thread that started "cleanliness is next to godliness" - which isn't in the Bible either. I'm a firm believer in stewardship of all things, but that isn't what makes me a Christian. (I know many with messy homes - we often post them on instagram) Keepin' it real!
      I am so glad that you stopped by. I'm in need of a little music now. :)

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  2. Ah, Amy! This was beautiful- and heart wrenching. Thank you for your vulnerability and for your testimony to God's faithfulness. I love you!

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    1. You, too, sisiter! Can't wait to meet another little "who", even if it's just a picture, in the coming days. Should that be a coming Daye? :)

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  3. It's so true that you can't always see what's coming or what the Lord has planned, but if we trust in his guidance, we'll become exactly who he wants us to be. Every disappointment, every struggle, every joy is a part of our "one day" perfection.

    Good luck with your moving craze. No home is a home around that. ;)

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    1. That is truly my hope and where my faith is -that everything works together for the good of those who are called according to His purpose. Thanks for the good moving wishes. I'm hoping this will be our easiest - we're kinda pros by now. :) Thanks for stopping by, too.

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  4. Putting our faith in God that all that is yet unseen,will one day be crystal clear is certainly a tough choice to make some days, especially those of us who are control freaks. But over the years, I have seen that God does indeed, work in mysterious ways. Hindsight is always the most accurate, but God already knows that eh?
    Great post. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

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    1. Yes, and doing it when it is hard is the ultimate growth experience for me sometimes. I think most of us have at least some control issues. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and leave your thoughts. I truly appreciate it.

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