For this people's heart has become callused; they hardly hear with their ears, and
they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their
ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them (Mt.13:15).
I remember the first time I saw an illustration of a
light spectrum in a science book. It was amazing to me how each and every color was
somehow contained in the light, and that as a particular light wave hit the surface of an
item, some of the light waves were absorbed while others were deflected off. This, I am
certain, is a very simplistic description of what light is like and how it is reflected.
Nevertheless, it is still something that is fascinating when considering it.
Many a child has stood still, eyes wide and beholding the wonderful colors refracted
through a prism. Many adults still enjoy the array of colors that seem to bounce around on
the walls of a room wherein a prism hangs in a window on a sunny afternoon. But what has
always been even more amazing to me is that there are many colors we cannot see--colors
that are invisible to the human eye, but no less there.
Even as we know that there is light we cannot see, we know there is sound we cannot hear.
We know, for instance, that a dog can hear a dog whistle, while we on the other hand
cannot. And though we cannot see all light and hear all sound, we do not debate the
existence of either. For we know that there are electronic devices that can show us some
of the hidden light, and as we watch a dog respond to a dog whistle, we can observe a
response to the sounds we cannot hear.
With all this in mind, we would then surrender to the knowledge that we are not able to
perceive all physical occurrences with our human senses. We simply trust that these things
are so because there are evidences of them, and evidences we realize we may never witness
If therefore, we are able to believe in physical forces we cannot see, we have no basis
for disbelieving the spiritual forces we cannot see. For we are no more equipped to sense
within our human capacity all the things which are supernatural, than we are the natural.
Yet, many would contend that certain supernatural movements, specifically
"miracles," are more likely the movement of one's imagination rather than the
movement of God's Hand. Would such people also contend that light that cannot be seen and
sound that cannot be heard is also the creation of human imagination? Such people might
respond like so many others by requiring some sort of proof, and that proof often as
defined by the doubter.
The problem with such thinking is that we cannot expect God to move outside of His will in
order to prove that He moves by His will. When God reveals Himself to us it is how and
when He chooses, it is by His nature and because of that, it is not confined to the laws
of our physical perceptions no more than subsonic frequencies and infrared light.
God moves as He will, and the only way we shall see his movement is when we have a
developed sensitivity to His movement. It is likely that those who do not believe in
miracles do not because they have never personally witnessed any; but it is more likely
that they did not witness any because they have eyes that cannot see, and ears that cannot
Let us pray to God to develop in each of us a keen awareness of His supernatural
movement--that He will give us eyes that see and ears that hear.