A poor shoemaker, in his depressive little shop in a great city, one day found by accident that there was one little place in his dark room from which he could get a view, through a window, of green fields, blue skies & faraway hills.
He wisely set his bench at that point, so that at any moment he could lift his eyes from his dull work & have a glimpse of the great beautiful world outside.
From the darkest sick-room & from the midst of the keenest sufferings there is always a point from which we can see the face of Christ & have a glimpse of the glory of Heaven. If only we can find this place & get this vision, it will make it easy to endure even the greatest suffering.
- The King's Business. (moreillustrations.com)
Heb 12: 2 (CEV): “We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne!”
‘True faith, by a mighty effort of the will, fixes its gaze on our Divine Helper, and there finds it possible and wise to lose its fears. It is madness to say, "I will not be afraid;" it is wisdom and peace to say, "I will trust in Him and not be afraid."’ - Alexander MacLaren.