Dear God,

 

Do you ever get things mixed up?

 

Actually, in my humble opinion, I think it might have happened once or twice to you. For instance, why can’t every bird fly…such as an ostrich…but some squirrels can…aside from Rocky? How can an adult hippo, which can weigh up to 10,000 pounds run nearly 40 mph but a common rabbit can only run 30 mph? How can an Emperor Penquin travel 60-100 miles to their breeding ground without fail but I can’t get around Rockton without Google Maps? Some things don’t make sense.

 

I was talking with a friend lately who tends to get sayings mixed up. When I said I was going to slow down and change my schedule she responded by saying, “I’ll see it when I believe it.” We both know she meant to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it”, but we both laughed at the dyslexic manner in which the saying came out.

 

But then I got to thinking about how insightful those mixed up words can be: “I’ll see it when I believe it.” I got to thinking how much truth can be found in that new phraseology. Some things can simply never be “seen” or understood without belief.

 

Recent studies have indicated that the fastest growing “religious” group in America is those who don’t really believe in anything. That’s difficult for me to understand because I’ve simply always known and had confidence in your existence and presence in my life: in both good times and bad. I’ve somehow known that you are in the very cellular structure of my Being. It’s difficult to comprehend that people don’t see you in their lives or in the patterns of life around them the way I see you. Because they don’t believe, they don’t see.

 

Most of human experience is shared, but it’s likely pretty fair to say that people with faith see things differently than those who claim no faith. For instance, believers and non-believers both experience suffering, but we see it differently from one another. I see you in the midst of suffering, always holding out your hand to give me strength and lift me up, but when those without Christian faith look at suffering they see your absence and then wonder why you allow suffering at all. They cannot see your presence in the midst of suffering until they believe in you: “They’ll see it when they believe it.”

 

Sometimes an inverted saying can reveal a new truth or way of looking at things. In this case it recognizes that there are many things in life that we are unable to see if we do not have belief/faith opening the eyes of our head and heart.

 

So, My God, it’s fun to have things said inside-out in order for us to view the world from a new perspective. “I’ll believe it when I see it” was the mantra of “Doubting Thomas”. However, “I’ll see it when I believe it” is the reality that Christian faith, even a small amount of faith, is necessary to allow us to open our eyes to your presence in the beauty and wonder around us.

 

Now, let’s get back to the birds that can’t fly question…

 

As always, thanks for listening.

Love, Dan

Pastoral Ponderings . . . August 2019