What We Do Not See – Hadiya Brown


The Other Side H.B.


8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will guide you with my eye.

Psalm 32 NKJV   


     The New Year is upon us again. I don’t know about you, but I gave up on making resolutions a long time ago. And it’s not that I don’t have goals; quite the contrary. I’ve learned that the time for discernment and action don’t wait for the beginning or the end of the year. We make choices each and every day that affect and reflect who we are, who we want to be, and who we are actually becoming.


1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Colossians 3 NIV   


     That is a lot easier said than done. We live in this world, and one of its more pronounced pitfalls is wanting what we do not need. Another is convincing ourselves that the things we actually do need, we are somehow able to do without. If our lives are a series of tests, there are those that we pass with flying colors, while others must be counted as resounding failures. Let’s be honest with one another; by the world’s standards, God does ask a lot of his sons and daughters (Colossians 3:5-17). And we readily choose to follow some of His laws, while we flat out refuse to adhere to others. But our Father is a patient and a loving God; He provided our strength in the first place, and offers His forgiveness and grace to compensate for our weakness.


16But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

Matthew 13 NIV   


     The New Year is as good a time as any to check in with yourself and see where you are, where you stand, how far you think you can go, and if you could go just a bit further with God’s grace. In what area(s) of your life are you sitting on the proverbial fence, waxing and waning, convincing yourself that the grass is greener, the water clearer, and the sky more blue than it could ever possibly be over there?


4Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5for each one should carry their own load.


4Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done. 5Each person must be responsible for himself.

Galatians 6 NIV & NCV   


      As of late, I have increasingly found myself in a position where my choices are very clearly laid out for me. And more often than not, the choice that I want to make is clearly not what I actually need. But it doesn’t make the task any less painful or easy. In response, I have begun 2015 with at least one new goal; that is to check in with God more often. When I am unable to see past what I want, or I scoff at what I know I need, I have decided to develop the habit of asking God to reveal to me the pieces of His perfect plan that I do not see. I’m asking the Lord to take the lead, even before I’ve run through my plans A through infinity. Life can be a struggle and I take responsibility for the fact that many of my choices have made it so unnecessarily.


Each of us has the ability to do this; to identify the areas in our lives that we have either willfully or unknowingly shut out God. As a result, in this year and in every year beyond that we are blessed to see, we will be better for it.


Happy New Year,


16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So 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 NIV   






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