So recently I bought a handphone microscope and I’m really digging it. It’s this little device that you can attach to the camera of your phone and start peering into things around you – so far I’ve tried strands of hair, tissue, leaves, wilted flowers and a whole bunch of random things on my desk.
With it, I am able to see beyond what I can see with my naked eyes. No amount of squinting can show me the 60X view of anything. A piece of paper isn’t just a piece of paper. It’s made up of thousands of tiny pressed pulp or recycled materials squished together. I love seeing beyond what we can’t see. A silky smooth green leaf, upon observation, is really green with some red bits on it, and filled with neverending veins and lines. It looks messy – and nothing like a leaf, really. To see the in-between is something eye-opening (pardon the pun). It’s like a whole new world! Why talk about the 5th or 6th dimensions when with a microscope you can find new dimensions of the same old thing?
As I was pondering about this extra set of eyes, I stumbled into a new line of thought. If we’re bold to think about how much we don’t know (I’ve a friend who shared once that he was taken up into a spiritual realm. God let him ‘taste’ the colour pink and ‘feel’ the texture of red. Wow!), we can actually discover new things.
We’ve been badly trained to get used to things. That’s why the senses rule. But… it doesn’t mean that if we can’t see something, it means it isn’t there. We know it in our heads but we don’t really think about that statement. Faith is seeing what isn’t there – Faith goes before understanding. And as we choose to believe more about the truth of what we believe (the eternal mystery of God and Jesus), the more He will reveal these mysteries to us. Stepping into faith, like stepping into the red sea (The first israelite who entered the sea with a horse actually had to ride it into the waters and it didn’t open up until the horse was about nose-deep in the water!), opens up uncharted territories. Jesus said, “Surely I’m with you, even to the end of the age.” The Holy Spirit fills in the gaps and plants curious clues that stir your heart to believe that there’s more out there. And with eyes full of hope and wonder, we step into bigger faith realms. Dare you believe it?
But what? You might be thinking. How do I continue in this wonder? How do I get into it? Well for one, I encourage you to get your own handphone microscope or an actual one and peer into a possession you think you know well.
When you realise its part is nothing like the whole, you’ll realise that we, too, are seeing just one facet of it. We think we see the big picture right now, on earth. We think this career is all it has to offer us, and this path we’re on is pretty much set. Grow up, find someone, get married. We think we’ve seen everything, and our heart of hope becomes stagnant; it doesn’t anticipate anymore. We just don’t see how things can be any different.
But we don’t naturally see the whole world in perspective to the solar system – there are billions of other planetary systems we know nothing about. We, on earth, are just a microscopic part of our entire universe and galaxy – yet also the Heart of heaven’s affections. How about other planets’ view of the earth from where there are? How about heaven’s view of earth? Of you?
“You are the apple of My eye,” God had said, and wow – isn’t that just amazing?
Let’s open up the worlds around us and see God with us (immanuel) in them, in our journeys, in our careers, in our ministries, in our relationships. Let’s search Him out – this inexhaustible, fiery ball of wisdom, love and wonder.
We can start by asking God to breathe new vision into everything we think we already know.