My basement looks like a bomb went off.
Between the spare bed I keep set up in the corner for when my dad comes to town, the workout equipment that occupies 40% of the space, the BAZILLION toys the boys have launched in every which way direction, the shelves filled with storage bins overflowing with “stuff we need,” the extra pantry shelf stock piled with back-up everything, and the mile-high pile of storage boxes we are storing for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law as they build their house… I’m not joking, my basement truly does look like a bomb went off.
When we built our house four years ago, I can remember seeing the blueprint details proving our basement would have a floor, a roof, a furnace room and four walls. So I know beyond a shadow of a doubt we have walls. I can’t see them beyond the clutter, but I know we have them. And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we have a cement floor. I may be standing on Tonka trucks 90% of the time, and I may need a magnifying class to see it, but those trucks are standing upon something. So I know the floor is there.
Sometimes I think us humans have cluttered our lives so much, that even if we DID buy a magnifying glass, we wouldn’t be able to see God. He’s there. We know that’s a fact because of the blueprint he left us through his Word, but because of the “stuff we need,” we can’t see him.
Today I stood in the far corner of my basement and I stared at the boxes lining the opposite corner and thought, can I find the wall? If I strain my eyes just enough, if I alter my position in just the right way, if I stand on my tiptoes, or crawl on my stomach, could I find just a smidgen of that pink insulating fluff stuff? And sure enough, I could, because, if we focus our minds, if we fix our eyes, if we position our lives in such a way to look for God, we will always find him. Whether we acknowledge him or not, he’s always there. In the exact same way my basement walls are always there even if I can’t see them, I can rest assured knowing they are faithful in holding my house up.
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