If talking to animals and waste baskets is curious, what about talking to God? Are we in touch with reality when we imagine there is a God and he actually hears us? My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
I am in the habit of talking to dogs. Our three Wiener Dogs tend to be the focus of this habit as my office is in the home and that is where the dogs also have their offices as well. I work at my desk and they work in their kennels under the table next to my desk–sleeping for the most part, which they put a lot of effort into. The problem is, however, that it isn’t just a matter of me talking. I actually maintain short conversations with them. I answer my own questions with a voice I’ve made up for each of them. To make matters worse, during the course of the day I talk to inanimate objects like books, coffee pots, cars and even waste baskets as well. Thankfully they don’t respond, since what kind of voice would you give to a waste basket anyway. I suspect that many people talk to animals, so I am probably not altogether out to lunch on that one; but coffee pots and waste baskets? Some might say I’ve crossed the line, questioning my sanity with this curious habit. Then again, I wonder if my little falderal isn’t useful in keeping me on a more even keel?
Think about it though. If talking to animals and waste baskets is curious, what about talking to God? Are you and I in touch with reality when we imagine there is a God and he actually hears us?
Here’s a story. To become a Christian is to accept an extra dimension to life. From the Christian’s point of view the notable thing about the unbeliever’s world is how much smaller it is. The unbeliever is imprisoned in a decaying universe. Imagine you took a child to the theater to see some tragedy like, say, Hamlet, at the end of which the stage is littered with corpses. And suppose you had difficulty comforting the child afterward, so distressed was he at the spectacle of the deaths. “But the man who played Hamlet is not really dead,” you explain. “He is an actor. He also lives a life outside the theater. He has a wife and family and, far from being dead, he is probably now at home with them enjoying a late supper.” If there is one word the Christian secretly wants to use to describe the unbeliever’s outlook, it is literal . . . like the child who takes the play for reality. (Harry Blamires)
Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop writes. “Reality is the leading cause of stress among those who are in touch with reality.” Perhaps staying in touch with reality is the worst thing that you and I as Christians can do to ourselves? We need to have an inspired imagination to cope with the reality of God, the promise of heaven, and the intriguing ambiguity of eternity itself. None of this is real to the unbeliever; quite frankly because they have no imagination in these things. They look at life so literally. So much so that they are stressed by life and really have no clue why. A Christian, on the other hand, has no such handicap. We are able to pray to an unseen power that can hold the very universe in his hands. We acknowledge that there is a place of bliss that can’t be described in literal terms called heaven. We even insanely speculate that life will never end for us as eternity will carry us on forever. Talking to dogs, waste baskets and coffee pots? Maybe its just good practice keeping us limber for the even greater insanity of believing in God?
We pray. Heavenly Father, sometimes its hard to imagine your depth of your power, the extent of your glory and the fullness of your love. The world wants us to treat you as foolishness. Help us Father to foster an imagination that can assist us in believing in what is so hard to believe. Forgive us Lord when in touch with what is real around us we begin to allow our minds to wander away from the awesomeness of you and all the promises you have made to us in your Word. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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