While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
II Corinthians 4:18
The first disciples saw Jesus every day. What they did not realize was that they were also looking at the unseen as they looked at Jesus. When they looked at Jesus they were seeing the unseen, eternal Father.
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?John 14:8-9
Every day we live we see things that will pass away. We must learn to look beyond them to see the unseen. We must see beyond the temporary to see the eternal. If all we see is the temporary then we will lose heart. If we see beyond the temporary and see the eternal we will gain strength to go on.
If the first disciples missed seeing the unseen Father when they saw Jesus, what are we missing when we fail to see beyond what we see around us every day? Learn to look beyond the seen until the unseen is more real to you than the seen.