Do you ever feel invisible? I’m not talking literally, like superhero-ring-of-power-invisibility-cloak type of invisible. I’m talking the type of invisible you feel when others fail to notice you or at least acknowledge that they notice you. This happens when you’re driving, and someone lackadaisically pulls in front of you as if you aren’t even on the road in your vehicle. It happens when you’re at the grocery store and people walk in front of you as you’re walking down the aisle, and you have to stop abruptly to prevent yourself from running into them. The worst of all, though, is when two people you are talking with suddenly start having a conversation and make it quite obvious that you are not a part of that conversation. Come on. You’ve never had that happen? Feeling invisible in these ways frustrates me and is one of the quickest routes to a bad mood that I find difficult to shake. I mean, I’m sure all of these people overlooked me on purpose.
Do you ever wish you were invisible? Now I AM talking about the superhero-ring-of-power-invisibility-cloak type of invisible. (As an aside, scientists have discovered how to actually make something invisible See the video here. Gotta get me one of those!) Where would you go? What would you do? Maybe you would listen in on conversations to find out what people really think of you. Think about it. You could get someone all riled up, leave the room to put on whatever it is that makes you invisible, and then follow that person to find out if you become the topic of a conversation. Or maybe you would start messing with people. You could blow in someone’s ear, throw sunflower seeds at someone or even follow them around until they get the feeling that they are being watched. Just think of how helpful this would be if you’re the boss!
Really, much of what significantly impacts our lives is actually invisible. Sound waves. Heat waves. Wind. Oxygen. We could not continue to function or even exist without the invisible. On the other hand, we could function better in general if we made a point to not make others feel invisible. Interesting that the idea of invisibility, whether in fiction or real life and depending on its various forms and conditions, can both benefit as well as negatively impact our lives.
Taking this beyond the scientific and into the spiritual, consider that God – the creator of the universe… of sound, heat, wind & oxygen – is also invisible. (1 Timothy 1:17 & Colossians 1:15) We see that our faith is based on Him and “the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). As a result, our faith is based on “things which are not seen,” and our focus should be on the invisible because “the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18) Our faith and our hope are all based on the invisible, and even our true struggles take place in the unseen. (Ephesians 6:12)
We can choose to overlook the invisible God and the unseen forces that battle around us, and we can choose to not focus on that intangible unseen force of love, or we can choose to take in the reality of what the invisible means for our lives and let it consume and totally direct us. How do we do this?
- Realize that troubles are opportunities that help us look beyond this life and to place our hope in the eternal God.
- Understand that our ultimate hope is that this life is not all there is and that there is life beyond what we can see.
- Believe that we will live with God in eternity to help us live above the pain of the present.
- Be directed by God’s Holy Spirit within us and protected by His armor around us. (Ephesians 6:11-17)
When my boys (11 & 13) talk about what kind of mythical beings we would be if we could and what powers or abilities we would have, invisibility is not one of my choices. (In case you’re curious, I would be a Jedi Elf. Think Obi Wan morphed with Legolas.) I have felt invisible before and hated it. Even more than my personal feelings, I just feel that the invisible really exists for that which is much higher than myself.
Ultimately for now, the unseen exists as a matter of faith. Without doubt, meaning being completely sure, faith would have no place in my life. For that reason, I choose to believe in an invisible God. I choose to focus on the unseen force of love and to bank my soul on the reality of an eternity in Heaven. In that way, really, the invisible consumes and directs me and exists as more of a reality than anything tangible I can verify with my five senses.
DISCUSSION #1: Do you focus on the tangible reality in front of you, or the invisible God and creator of the world? I’d love to hear your thoughts on how much you think about the seen vs. the unseen.
DISCUSSION #2: I gotta know… what mythical creature would you be?