Tues., Jan. 11/22
I eased into the parking spot, gaze focused on the bumper of the car facing so as not to tap it. Then I looked up.
In the driver’s seat of the car in the stall facing me sat a dog, looking for all the world as though he too had just pulled in! Ten… maybe fifteen or more seconds passed as we sat, nose to nose in our parking stalls, eyeball to eyeball in our driver’s seats. It was like a challenge, though neither of us had made any driving faux pas. But still, we stared. The challenge was more intellectual than physical. Neither had noticed the other until that one simultaneous instant of mutual shocked discovery!
Things are not always as they seem, are they? The U.F.O. observed through the car windshield is really a reflection on the glass, the four easy payments grow to a not so easy twelve, the shortcut takes longer, and the slam dunk you executed so well in college now slams you to the blacktop below.
Ever wonder if the same might be true of spiritual things? Might the way we think about some spiritual matters really not be that way at all?
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was a French philosopher and paleontologist. Though a Darwinian he was also a Jesuit priest, a theologian, and a teacher. He is widely attributed as having stated, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
Not that the material world is unreal in any way, but that at present our eternal souls inhabit these material and temporal forms. As someone else once said, “You do not have a soul, you are a soul and have a body.”
Knowing this to be true the Apostle John wrote,
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! …Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:1-3).
God has a plan! He made us, breathed life into us, made us “living souls”… forever! Right now we are in living, learning, limited human bodies. Soon these will die… it’s a result of our sad rebellion.
But this world is not all there is! True life is not as it seems: not just things and doings in this life only. Death is not what it seems either: not an ending, but a change…
Determining what that change looks like is the business of this life now. As in his gospel John also accounts,
“He [Jesus] came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:11-13).
Trust Christ with your life… your soul. Love Him… obey Him… He alone is The Truth.