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, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Anyone who has driven a car on a hot summer day on a long stretch of highway has seen the image of what appears to be water bouncing along the road ahead. The asphalt shimmers and waves. However, as you continue driving you realize it is a trick your eyes have played on you. In reality, the shimmery vision is just hot road that is causing a refraction of light, making it appear as if there is liquid.

I can see it, but is it really real?

When I was first learning to drive, this mirage really concerned me. I consulted the map before I left and there was no body of water listed. I was prepared before I began driving; I knew where I was going and had a plan for how to get to my destination. When I first saw the mirage, I couldn’t understand how I could be on a road but water was straight ahead. It took multiple experiences and some old-fashioned reading and research to understand what was happening. What I was seeing wasn’t really there.

Life can be like that too.

You are on a path going toward a destination when it seems there is an unexpected dilemma ahead. Often, it makes no sense and it is hard to comprehend why it is in the way. These are the moments when we have to keep our eyes and hearts focused on the Word “…we fix our eyes not on what is seen…” in order to keep moving toward our destination.

Filter what you see through what He says in His Word.

Filter what you see through what He says in His Word.

It is easy to forget that the reason we are on this road is because of God’s leading. If we don’t remind ourselves to focus on God, we can easily get off track “Therefore, do not lose heart.”

Another way of saying that is “don’t lose your sight.” Don’t lose sight of the promises God has given you. Don’t lose sight of the planning and preparation you did before you set out on this road. Don’t forget that you carefully sought God’s guidance and wisdom before embarking on the travel.

Don’t lose your sight, get your vision cleared by reading the Word!

If you need a reminder, do some good old-fashioned reading and research. Return to His Word and navigate through His promises. Sometimes the dilemma you see is only a mirage and all you need is to refocus through the lens of His word.

Sometimes I need to be reminded to look at life’s circumstances through the lens of God’s Word, how about you?

Is there a verse that helps you get back on the right path in life’s journey?

Please share your favorite verse in the comments below. We love to hear from you!

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study.

Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.

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