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Higher Ground – A New Column Featuring Spiritual Reflections From Area Pastors

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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 4.18 NIV

I remember driving home from a speaking engagement in South Dakota, and as the sun began to set, a fog set in, which was so thick it made it nearly impossible to see the road ahead. It’s a road that I was relatively familiar with – one that I had traveled on numerous times in the past. I had always found the drive beautiful. But as the scenery disappeared, my attention shifted.  I slowed down, and my hands gripped the steering wheel. Every ounce of my energy was focused on watching the road for the guidelines and the red glow of taillights. But had I not had those reflective lines to guide me, I would have been completely lost. No doubt, I would have ended up off the road in a field – or worse – believing that I was on the right track. 

 As I crossed over back into Nebraska, the fog began to thin, and soon, I could see the stars and the sky again. When I stopped for gas, I noticed that my hands were sore, and I felt mentally and emotionally weary from the trip through the fog. 

You know, the same can be said of the Christian life on this side of heaven – there are times when it appears unsure and confusing. Events in life can leave us emotionally and physically drained. Sometimes we just feel plain disoriented. We don’t see clearly. This fallen world and our limited spiritual visibility can make our daily walk difficult. 

But know this: even though you may not see what God is accomplishing, you can be certain that His plan is good. If you have placed your trust in Jesus, you are being conformed to the image of Christ, and God is achieving eternal things in and through you. But when the fog rolls in, we have to remember to daily place our trust in God and faithfully focus our attention on his Spirit to guide us. If we take hold of that truth, it will help keep you on track in the midst of the challenges you face. 

 Jesus, I trust in your vision and guidance even when mine fails. Thank you for leading me. Amen.

Blessings,

Seth Miller

Pastor for Preaching and Outreach at Bethesda Mennonite Church, 930 16th Street, Henderson