II Cor 4:16-18
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Fix your eyes on what is unseen says Paul, the Apostle. Don’t be nearly so concerned with what you see.
But what we see tends to suck us in, i.e., we believe that what we see is reality. It is not always reality. (If that doesn’t make sense to you, ask me to explain in the comments.) What is the answer? What is our out? How can we avoid being sucked in by the world? How can we not get sucked into situations and circumstances?
I don’t think the point is that we live above our circumstances. I really believe the point is we go through and we live in our circumstances but with new vision, new purpose, and new strength offered to us by Christ.
Paul, through his many trials learned that there is a larger story playing out. He longed to be a part and He became a part of that larger story and we know that he did because the events and teachings from his life were preserved in the New Testament for us.
Here Paul is saying to us that if we get perspective. If we can see as Christ sees and in the way that the Holy Spirit is attempting to help us see, we…can…live…from…the…heart… and what happens on this earth will not affect us nearly so much as it has affected in the past.
How do I get there John? Yes, how do we get there John Eldredge. (author, Waking the Dead)? Eldredge points out that Paul gave us the answer. I’ve quoted it already. We see with/through the eyes of our hearts. In Ephesians 1 Paul is praying that our eyes be enlightened.
There is a beautiful picture in Hebrews 12 and that is that Paul, Moses, Stephen, Abraham and many more are our cloud of witnesses and they are cheering us on in the heavenlies.
So, I believe Paul is up there cheering and praying that the Holy Spirit be used to direct the circumstances of your life so that you begin to see with greater vision of the story and the plan of God.