Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
- John 20:27-29
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things — trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one…I’m going to stand by the play world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there is no Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.”
- C. S. Lewis, Puddleglum the Marshwiggle, from The Silver Chair
I hope the title did not give Dr. Brenton Dickieson, of A Pilgrim in Narnia, a heart attack.
No, I was just playing off Puddleglum’s comment.
Do you ever have a day when God seems far away? Does Satan play with your mind, trying to suggest, as Puddleglum says, that it might just be a dream?
Yes, we can see God in the fastness of space. We can see God in the tremendous varieties of flowers. We can see God in the complexity of the simplest DNA.
But, sometimes when the pain from a, yet undiagnosed, disease has you double-up in a fetal position, you cry out, and the pain does not subside. Do you doubt God is listening? Do you doubt God is right there beside you? Or do you cling to God, thinking that without Him, you might just give up?
It is not a time to give up. It is a time to fight through. Satan will never have the last word. Victory is ours. We claim it through God’s power.
And besides, a world where everyone loves one another, and they treat each other as they would be treated… I’d rather live there than in this broken world of ours. So what if I don’t fit in. So what if I am not ‘woke.’ My forays into God’s world are much more pleasant than anything here, and they seem more real each day as the things of this world seem like a really bad dream.
Pray to our Heavenly Father. Look to Jesus. Victory is ours.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.