The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2nd Corinthians 4:4 NIV
The photographer stood before the children and tried to hurry. The light was shining on their faces and he asked them to be patient and smile. But finally, the little one could take it no longer. “The sun is burning my eyes!” He cried out. Although the boy had complained, the moment was recorded and now the image hangs on a wall. The boy had been temporarily blinded. He was not able to see any good coming from his discomfort. He could not see why he had to sit still when he could be playing. Could we often be like that small child?
The devious and conniving ruler of this age has sharpened his skills. He is the one who would spoil our fun now, make us bitter, and even steal our chances of wearing a smile forever. We might not see what eternal reward our temporary discomfort may be working for us in spiritual terms. We might not see that the blinding Light we gaze into is keeping us focused on the transforming love of our God. We might prefer to run off to our more pleasurable pastimes. We may never guess that the Savior and the Spirit are working on a masterpiece work of art deep within our hearts. Shall we listen to the encouragement from above so that God´s work in us will be visible for all the ages to come?
We cannot see too well or understand what You are working on. But please teach us to listen and to trust You, we pray!