Thursday, January 10, 2008

parallel universe

I have to remember that as a Christian, I live in a different reality than the seen world-or more correctly, I have citizenship in two places. In my physical body I live on the earth. But I'm more than a body and reality is more than matter. There is a spiritual world, unseen, that affects the physical more than we might ever understand. I've heard it explained that what we see in the natural world is like the back of a tapestry. You might see your life, or a day, or the world, as a mishmash of strings and things that seem to have no purpose, or are very random. But flip the whole deal over, and there is a very logical order to it all. There is a design.

Times I don't understand what is going on in my life, or things seem so without any rhyme or reason, I have to stop and think. Usually something in my devotions catches my eye-a phrase, a truth, something...and causes me to see into the invisible. Or at least it makes the visible make more sense. Today I was reading the book of Job, and ran across this verse, "(Why is the light of day given) to a man whose way is hidden, and whom God has hedged in?" This was spoken by Job right after he'd lost everything he had. The thing that struck me was, he acknowledged that God had hedged him in. There was purpose in the loss, in the suffering.

The scripture says that faith is necessary to please God, and faith is defined as well as the substance of things hoped for, the proof of the unseen. If I believed only in what I could see, I would be faithless. Faith calls into being that which is not. There is a whole chapter in the book of Hebrews devoted to saints of old who were mighty in faith and who lived and died not seeing what they hoped for with physical eyes. Didn't mean it didn't come about or wasn't real. But they remained faithful in spite of every trial and difficulty, when all they saw were threads.


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