“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – 2 Timothy 4:18
The apostle Paul, wrote these encouraging words to Timothy out of his own life experience. Paul had been beaten, threatened, mocked and imprisoned, yet through his numerous trials, he never took his eyes off of eternity. God rescued him repeatedly. Paul’s faith was not based on his current circumstances, rather his eyes were on the prize of his heavenly home.
I need to remember that God will always be near, even when His presence is difficult to recognize in the midst of the most challenging situations. My eyes must be fixed on the eternal, rather than dwell on the temporary. Hope is in heaven with Him, not for perfection on earth. When my gaze is securely on God, trials are taken out of focus. They don’t disappear, but they are not as significant as they might have seemed when I allow God to be the focal point. He alone will rescue me. He will protect me. He will comfort me. He will provide.
Fortunately, I have much previous experience in seeing God’s grace, protection and provision both personally, and in the lives of others. I know He will do what He says He will do. Sadly, despite definitive head knowledge, it often takes multiple opportunities to experience His faithfulness before it actually makes it to the heart. Despite my distractibility, He remains faithful. He patiently waits for my gaze to be guided back to His. Fear and frustration find me in the midst of the storm, but God already has His hold. He promises that He will never let go. My call is to trust His grip. The same hands that formed the moon and the sun are certainly strong enough to hold my heart in times of trouble.
My prayer is that I may fix my gaze securely on my Savior. May I forever keep my eyes on eternity, regardless of the storm.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present