We live in a sensory world full of colors and sounds. It gets and keeps our attention from the time of our birth until the day of our conscious death. Our lives are expended on the cost of its excitement; it is inspiration of the artist and the ruin of the extravagant.
The pursuit of the now at the expense of the future has made rich men poor and beggars happy. The bird in hand enjoyed over the two in the bush belies the gambler. That which is seen now gives precedent to that which shall come.
We bemoan poor Esau, who sold his birthright for a bowl of soup and Adam’s paradise for a piece of fruit. Our heads shake at the poor fools as we sell out for even less, because today we see, but for tomorrow we are blind.
In the carnal man, the visible wins out over the invisible. The now takes priority over the future. What could be gained, is less valued than what is. The feather of a fluttering sparrow is more precious than the power of a swooping eagle to the man of clay.
The now of our diminishing existence is exalted over the never-ending of eternity. Sensual desires of today paid over a lifetime of regret are like high interest credit which never gets paid. “Who would sell his soul?”, the question is asked. Who would trade his soul for all the world? These questions are asked, but answered with shattered, ruined lives and eternal banishment in Hell.
One’s salvation in Christ is marked by faith. Seeing the unseen. Grasping and holding to something more real than steel but seemingly as thin as air. The invisible, more substantial than the seen, is viewed as a dream of the mystic and the reality of a fool. Yet the foolishness that confounds the wise is a dream conceived in mystery but birthed as substance.
Let me dream the dream of mystics and hold the reality as one the world calls a fool. The invisible is the reality of eternity while the visible will melt like snow. Eternal reality is faith come to life and then lived in the fullness of an all-seen God. Let me now dream and be called a fool, but then be considered the sage and one held by the Wisest of all.
“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV).
Yours on the Journey,
Harry L. Whitt