Monday, May 27, 2013

Eyes on the Unseen, by Ann Tatlock

“Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day….We look not at what can be seen, but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”
           2 Corinthians 4: 16,18 (NRSV)

“You should see what they’re cookin’ up in the town for ya!”

Oddly enough, this obscure line from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” flitters through my mind fairly often. The line is spoken by George Bailey who’s talking on the phone to his younger brother, Harry Bailey. Harry has survived the war and it about to return to his hometown of Bedford Falls. Because he earned the Presidential Medal of Honor, the town is planning a huge celebration for Harry.

I thought of those words again two days ago when I went to have a passport photo taken. The girl at the drug store took my picture, popped the memory card into the photo developer and scrolled through a series of face. When she finally stopped at one, I thought, “Leaping lizards, who’s that old lady!” Unfortunately, it was me!

Most of the time, I can ignore the aging process and just go on happily about my business. But then there are those moments when I come face to face, so to speak, with what’s sometimes called the ravages of time. That’s when I realize that the years are passing, and the day is going to come when time really does run out for me.

The thought threatens to send me into a panic, because I’m all too often tempted to think as the world thinks: I’m growing old without accomplishing half of what I wanted to accomplish. I’m running out of time to spend with my friends and loved ones. Another blink of the eye and it’ll be curtains! The end of the show! That’s all folks!

What a despairing thought. And I’m glad that in my heart of hearts, I know it isn’t true. When I’m finished doing my part on this spiritual battlefield, I’ll be ready to go Home. Time will run out but eternity will begin, an Endless Now in which to praise the Lord, be with loved ones, and even do meaningful work.

Even now, I imagine my loved ones who are already in heaven looking down over me and hollering, “You should see what they’re cookin’ up in the town for ya!” With that thought, I can’t help but lift my eyes to the sky in wonder.

Father, we can’t imagine how glorious it will be when we’re finally in Your presence! That will truly be life as you intended, with no more tears, sorrow or death. Meanwhile, while we’re still here in the “battle lands,” help us to set our minds on the things above, and to carry in our hearts your promise of eternal life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ann Tatlock – Guest Blogger

Ann Tatlock is the author of ten novels. Her newest, Sweet Mercy, was released in May 2013 from Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, Promises to Keep, was a 2012 Christy Award winner and was named by Booklist Magazine as one of the top ten historical novels of the year. She has also authored a non-fiction eBook, Writing to a Post-Christian World. Ann enjoys teaching at various writers conferences throughout the year. She lives in Western North Carolina with her husband Bob and their daughter, Laura. Her website is  


  1. Jamie, thank you for Ann's guest post. She taught one of my favorite classes last year at BRMCWC. :)

    Ann, your words resonate with so much that's been swirling around in my mind but you're right - nothing puts panic to rest like a heavenly perspective.

    It was a blessing to see you at BRMCWC, Jamie!!

  2. What an encouraging post. I've seen that old lady, too. lol

  3. Yes, the temptation to focus on what we haven't accomplished yet and to be overwhelmed with all that we still want to do before "the end comes" is hard not to give in to. It is always a better mind focus to think on what God has in store for us later on.

    Thank you Jamie! Love ya Girl! :-)

  4. Ann, "It's A Wonderful Life" is one of my favorite movies. I can relate to it on so many different levels. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. And Jamie, thank you for sharing Ann with us today. I love you.

  5. Ann, With a BIG birthday looming I have been processing many of these same emotions! Yikes, how can I possibly be this old? Thank you for this wonderful phrase- love to think they are cookin' up something special for me too.
    But oh how I want to make the most of the time I have left. And I believe we will,as we support one another in prayer.
    Thank you for this encouraging post ya all!

  6. Thanks Ann for this timely post! I needed to be reminded of those eternal truths we know in our heart of hearts! In just a little over a month, my earthly timeclock will read...70 years old...but I am choosing to think young, because this time on earth is but a passing glance (at our age) when we compare it to our home in heaven. Like you, I know the Lord is cooking up something good for his children. I am grateful he calls us his daughters!
    Thanks for sharing Ann's thoughts with us today! Hugs to both of you!!

  7. Love this, Ann! Thanks for sharing her post with us, Jamie!

  8. I love this: I’m growing old without accomplishing half of what I wanted to accomplish. Amen!

  9. Thanks for sharing, Jamie! So glad to have met you last week.