During my walk in the woods today, I heard the distinct call of the red winged black bird. My spirit leaped! This is one of my favorite birds, a true sign of spring. I found myself looking for the beautiful black bird with the red section on its wing, sometimes hidden as well and clearer when it takes flight, also giving a peak of a spot of yellow. Ah, the delight. As I looked for it, I smiled to myself, recalling things unseen are no less real and true. My mind went to this verse from Hebrews that helps to strengthen my faith. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”- Hebrews 11:1.
My mind and heart have been holding a lot of space for the people of Ukraine lately and this ‘sign’ of the unseen on my walk, somehow gave me comfort. When I am walking in the woods a feeling of spaciousness, naturally waifs in, creating more space around my mind and heart. There is so much I do not see or understand. When I make this time to just be, I can make room in my mind and heart for the unseen, to sense glimmers of hope.” For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see? “– Romans 8:24.
Sometimes an honest “I don’t know,” a willingness to be vulnerable and to move into the world with an open heart is all that is required. I choose to clear my energy, to connect with the unseen within me and all around me and acknowledge, I don’t know, I do not see, but I have hope in the one that does. And I give it all over to Him. “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 4:18.
In all this, we do not lie down in submission. We still stand strong in our convictions and know that God gives us the strength to withstand all things, to truly hope and true hope is not a whimsical expression, it is a stance of strength and faith. “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” – Hebrews 10:39. This verse! Gives me so much hope for myself personally and for all of humanity. God does not create victims; he literally gives us the power to preserve our souls. Simply by choosing him. Take faith my friends and focus on the unseen. Where are we placing our attention? Our fears? If they are present, lay them down at the feet of the one that saves, redeems, and restores all things.