It can be funny to watch someone put on a pair of VR (virtual reality) glasses for the first time. Once you have tried them you quickly realize how easy it is for your eyes to be tricked into thinking that what you see on the screen is really happening. It’s so easy to do because we are by nature accustomed to believing that our eyes only see what is true and that we see things the way they really are.
Our vision is the one sense that we trust more than any other, but even it is not fool proof. We must continually remind ourselves that we cannot always trust it; and that there are times our eyes can be tricked.
The fact is the more we focus on what we see the more likely it is that we will be misled.
The young are more susceptible to this since they have had few experiences, which might cause them to doubt. Maturity teaches that things are not always what they seem.
We can have the same issues with the spiritual realm. While we are new Christians it is often not easily understood that there is a realm, outside of this visual world, where there are forces that cannot be seen or necessarily sensed; but they are still very much at work.
In fact, this spiritual world that we cannot see is actually the real world. The world that we think is real is really the one we see through glasses.
1 Corinthians 13:12 tells us that “we see through glass[es] darkly”, but one day we will see what we cannot now even fathom. In other words, we are presently wearing a type of VR glasses, through which we don’t even see clearly.
The reality we believe we see is not only untrue, but it is not even complete; so too often we are left to fill in blanks where our eyes don’t see everything. We are left to imagine much of what we think we have seen.
This leaves us little option but to live by faith. We are driven into the arms of God much like a severely handicapped child might be driven into the arms of their parents each time they want to go somewhere or do anything, however small it might be.
This is the real crux of the story, to understand how handicapped we are. It is then that real life can begin; when we can learn to trust in our Savior, instead of our senses.
This is what Scripture means when it says that to please God we must live in the world but not be a part of it.
Pleasing Him requires this childlike faith because it is the only option that allows to us to see things as they really are.