All that is seen depends upon the unseen.
Everything visible is built on an unperceived foundation.
John among the gospel writers, and Ezekiel among the prophets, stand apart.
While other writers speak of workings, invitations and warnings, they look upon the eternal foundation on which all else is built.
John starts his gospel account with a focus not on Jesus birth, nor even his genealogy, but with the words, "In the beginning."
Ezekiel as he begins to write, states, "I saw visions of God."
Both visions are overwhelming.
Ezekiel is smitten with amazement at the awesome earth-transcending splendor of the approaching cloud of fire and glory.
John sees back before time and the existence of all created things, to the Eternal alone filling all.
I remember my father speaking repeatedly of the need to be "Eternity conscious."
How much more imperative is the need today, as we stand in the flowing stream of time and see the building blocks of our civilization carried away with the waters.
We find ourselves in a world where chaos prevails, and destruction has taken the place of building.
Today only God, and that which is God-engendered, will endure.
Whatever the passing years may bring to our lives,
may we find on our lips the prayer,
"Lord, open my eyes to see the Eternal."