If we are going to grow in life, it’s going to require faith, or “trusting in the invisible.” For most of our lives, we only operate on the visible plane. We respond to what we immediately see or touch, we regurgitate the things we already know, constantly affirming and strengthening the things we already believe and know about.
In a conversation we mostly focus on what we ourselves are saying, and when we look at another person we think our own thoughts about them, label them and mind very little what they might have to say about themselves. And when we imagine God or the lack of a God, we imagine him as we would have him be, in ways that agree with our own ideas and beliefs. We are constantly just self-perpetuating, going round in a circle and never really getting anywhere.
Anything new is invisible to us. God is invisible. The hearts, the thoughts and feelings and motivations of others are invisible to us really. We see only what we imagine them to be. So if we don’t trust in the invisible and look past ourselves to try and truly listen for once, we will never get anywhere and learn nothing.
Some of the most painful experiences for humans are invisible to all those around them. I’m talking about mental health. If we see someone with a broken leg, then this is quite credible in our eyes, but it’s much harder to take mental health seriously. We don’t see what another person is experiencing in their inner world, we don’t know the battle they are facing, so our own judgments about that person’s condition are far, far from adequate.
It’s going to require something more of us, to put ourselves aside for once, and to listen to what other people have to say, in their own words, giving them the benefit of the doubt, hearing it from their perspective with no judgments of our own. We’ve been wise in our own eyes for too long, and listened to only ourselves for too long.
And when it comes to God, what does he have to say about himself? Not what we think he is or should be, but what he actually says about himself. Do we really want to know? Or does living in our own fantasies seem easier, feel safer? It isn’t.
Whoever told us that we were the most reliable person to depend on? Whoever told us that we were the most wise, that we should listen only to ourselves? Whoever told us we were qualified to make it all up, to judge everything? Whoever made us the creator and the judge of all? When did we become God in our own eyes?
And when are we going to venture out into the unknown again, into the invisible? When are we going to listen, really listen to those around us and God? It’s time for us to stop pushing our own limited perceptions on everyone and everything around us, and it’s time to start taking in new information again, to come out of our self-made cells and into the sunshine.