“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Illusion or Reality?

by Macy Johnson
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
(1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV)

Life is an illusion… or is it?

I drifted as in a dream, pictured myself the only “real” person. Everyone else was a shadow, a puff of smoke, a figment of my imagination. Do you ever feel that way?

Someone once told me the reason we know people in our dreams, is because each one is our creation, birthed in our brains. Our minds are powerful tools – express trains to real and imaginary destinations in time and space.

When my father suffered with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, I helped him balance his checkbook. During those precious moments, I could sense an inkling of his frustrations, a taste, a hint of his thoughts, or lack thereof. It was a gift to empathize, understand how it felt to grasp at memories slip-sliding away.

“Will I contract this disease?” I wondered. “Will my memories, my mental abilities gradually disappear, just like Daddy’s?” Those times with my father were humbling, eye-opening experiences.

The Bible teaches us that Christ is the only Reality. All else, things and relationships, will fade away, forgotten. Jesus said, “I am the only Way, Truth, and Life”. Oswald Chambers aptly reminds, “Every relationship not based on loyalty to Christ will end in disaster.”

Approach each day with fearless faith! Let negative things and people slip away. Stay focused on Christ as He reveals Himself to you. Focus = Faith = Reality.

I will bravely allow illusions to fade, hold on to Jesus, and trust Him today. I hope you will, too!

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