2 Corinthians 4:18 “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.”
Sweetheart and I visited the St Louis Museum of Art recently. It is the only building left standing from the 1904 World’s Fair. The short sightedness of the entire event was so mind boggling. The Fair covered some 1200 plus acres and had over 1000 buildings. And yet, there is nothing of architectural significance left of that huge event other than one building, a bird cage, and some lakes and ponds. It was all demolished at the end of the 8 month long fair.When you see pictures of the park and the buildings, you are amazed at the marvels of engineering, agriculture, and architecture that were present at that time. Over 50 countries participated in the fair. The world was at peace.
Yet, after studying the details of this event, I found out that all the marvelous buildings other than the art museum were built of a compound called staff. It was a mixture of plaster of paris and fiber, only designed to last 8 months. Temporary. It’s beauty was but a facade. Millions of people passed through it’s gates, each one wanting to see things that were beyond the reach of most Americans of that time period. But what they were seeing was a big fake. A temporary world of materialistic things. Within weeks of the close of the fair, everything was gone, even the 250 foot Ferris wheel, which was demolished and sold for scrap.
I thought about all of what the people thought they were seeing. While there were things that were of value such as learning about electricity, water and sewage innovations, and the all important invention of cotton candy, most of it was just an illusion. When you walk around the grounds of Forest Park now, seeing the beautiful grounds, if you had no knowledge of the past, you would never have known that such a magnificent event had occurred. It was all wiped away. I would venture to say that hundreds of people walk through that park every day and have no clue of the things that occurred in the past. I thought of how I put far too much value on the things I see and not enough value on the unseen magnificence of the eternities. The things that I put so much value on are just an illusion.
When I look at my children, my sweetheart, my home, my friends, my church, I come to understand that these are the things that are of a value far greater than anything else that I could ever build or buy or own. While my children often do things that break my heart, while my sweetheart and I are sometimes tired and cranky, while my home is not a magnificent palace, and while my church is full of broken people who have their own trials and tribulations, I am sure of the promise of the unseen. The promise from my Abba that all I must do is believe in Him. That all my children must do is believe in Him. That all I own should be given to Him and dedicated to Him. That there is nothing that is seen or unseen that He does not have control over. I have His promise that He will take care of the details if I will but put my faith in Him.
Dearest Father God, I come before You in humble adoration. I am so blessed that You have shown me glimpses of the things of eternity that matter more than anything on this earth. I pray that I will seek only what is good and right and real. I pray that I might be a real example of what Your Word. I pray that I will stop putting value on the things of this world and will seek after only what is for Your good. I pray that all I have will be of use to You, even my very life if You would take it. I love you Father God. I love that You are real, You are forever, and You stand with arms wide open, ready to receive this sinful child back into Your presence. In the Name of Christ Jesus, Amen
copyright2013, Michelle Welch, team member of Breath Of Life Women’s Ministries
photography taken from St. Louis Art Museum Website
some parts were originally published as It’s Not What It Looks Like 2/27/2011
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