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"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
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 4:17-18

I was honored to spend my weekend last week with about 100 high school students at T.E.C. (Teens Encounter Christ) #98. Our theme verse for the weekend was 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. Our lovely youth leaders led an awesome devo about that verse and what it meant to them.

One of the things that really stuck out to me was the analogy of the wind. We can't see the wind, like we can't see God. But we can feel the wind, just like we can feel God. Now that part, I had heard before. But then it goes a step further. We can't see the wind itself, but we can see its effect on people and things. We can't see God Himself, but we can see His effect on people. How awesome is that?!

I think about my life, and I see the way that God changes and works in and through people every single day. Over the weekend, I saw God's love shine through the teenagers who gave up their time and even paid money to serve other students who they didn't even know. I watched as God changed and softened hearts right before my very eyes. I heard God speak through some of these kids as they shared their stories. I felt God's arms around me as I received hugs. I felt God's love as I read notes from my teammates. I saw God's effect on all 126 people who were there.

I was reading today and read this:

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I thought it was rather fitting.

When you think about it, we can only see a glimpse. But in that glimpse, we should trust all that is beyond our vision. We know that God is working is our lives and we can feel Him and see His effect on us and those around us. And that is a gift!

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