You might think I am crazy and, perhaps, you are right. 😊 Just now as I was randomly browsing my older blog posts on here, rereading what I could see up to the ‘read-more-tag’ (aka “Continue reading…”), I was hit by a Scripture I had copied and pasted beneath one of my pictures. What struck me was the following (highlighted) part of 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 which reads,
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Cor 4:17-18 ESV)
We know that God’s truth is most often so simple that it can easily be ignored, or even laughed about by someone who does not know God and wants to have it a bit more sophisticated to please their intellectual mind. But not so with our humorous God who turns into ridicule what people say who think they got Him all figured out. We read,
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” (1 Cor 3:18-20 ESV)
What I realized just now was that I am most often happier and closer to God when I close my eyes and shut out everything I normally see with my physical eyes. However, do I stop ‘seeing’ when I pray that way? Do you? If we observe our thought life for a certain time, we might also perceive a great number of pictures passing by on our personal ‘mind-movie-screen’. Memories of the past, childhood pictures, school situations and professional life, various experiences as an adult, as spouses, lovers, (grand)parents, on vacations, or religious experiences etc. I guess you know what I am talking about. And now let us even go on a bit. Let’s say you awake from a vivid dream which haunts you for some time after you got up. Here we might even perceive that the pictures of the dream are still present when we have our eyes opened. Or in other words, we can see what we can NOT see with our physical eyes! Nonetheless, this is part of the invisible reality we share with all human beings since we were created in the image of God. We can see without ‘seeing’, even blind people can do this! The difference between seeing heaven and seeing our habitual thought and dream life can simply be found in the difference between light and darkness. Our mind and heart must be illuminated so that we more and more see what God wants us to see (and hear). His divine light opens the eyes of our heart so that we are also enabled to discern heavenly things in what we meet in our everyday life. For instance, where an adult sees a ‘dead’, withered leaf on the ground, a child (of God) perceives its heart shaped form and ‘hears’ God telling him, “I love you!” ❤
Even if the child tells others about what God was saying to him, they see the leaf in its heart shaped form and hear NOTHING. Shaking their heads, they continue to focus on their habitual, normal (and boring) lives. Do you know what I mean here? Just think about how this-worldly Jesus’ disciples thought about the kingdom of God. Doesn’t the following Scripture remind us of how our old nature works?
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt 18:1-6 ESV)
Do we receive Him and those little ones who belong to Him?