How Faith Works #3 – See
Walt Disney had a vision of a place where children and parents could have fun together. The more Walt dreamed of a “magical park,” the more imaginative and elaborate it became.
He needed space to build rivers, waterfalls, and mountains. He would have flying elephants and giant teacups, a fairy-tale castle, moon rockets, and a scenic railway – all inside a magic kingdom he called Disneyland.
In 1955 Disneyland was built in Anaheim, California. Walt Disney saw it before it was.
In the 1960s, he was developing a supplement to Disneyland in Central Florida. He died, however, in 1966 before construction on “The Florida Project” began.
Mike Vance tells about being at Disney World soon after its completion. Someone said, “Isn’t it too bad, Mike, that Walt Disney didn’t live to see this.” Vance replied, “Oh, he did see it, and that’s why it’s here!”
Faith works like that. “Now faith is . . . assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith sees invisible realities realized as real realities.
Our physical eyesight produces a certainty about objects in the visible world. “I know something is real, because I can see it, taste it, hear it, smell it, touch it.”
We also believe in spiritual realities that we cannot verify with our physical senses, but we know they’re real. We can’t see God. We can’t see eternal life. We can’t see heaven.
Our faith sees all these just as real as what we perceive through our five senses. “I see it with the mind’s eye of faith. Even though I cannot see it, taste it, hear it, smell it, or touch it. I know that I know that I know. It’s true. It’s real.”
Faith firmly sees what is unseen just like Moses saw God who is invisible (Hebrews 11:27).
When our daughter, Elysa, and I visited Madame Tussauds wax museum in Manhattan, they loaned us 3-D glasses for a Marvel Super Heroes cinema experience.
Without the 3-D glasses, we would have missed what was happening on the screen. But with them, we enjoyed all the special effects.
In life we see what we see, but we don’t see all that there is to be seen. Like wearing 3-D glasses, our faith sees spiritual realities and we behold God who is even more real than physical realities.
~ Pastor Dave