Sometimes there is a moment that
is unique in our experience. Did you ever feel it? When the Universe in all it's
complexity is known and knowable; when all the plans and destinies of your life
are known, not only to God, but seem in some profound sense to be recognised by
you as well. It's called a magic moment.
What do you think of as magic:
Paul Daniels creating an illusion, or a cinematic trick of the light streaming
from the projector, in the latest trip by Hollywood into the realms of fantasy?
Perhaps it is simply a moment on the hillside, or beside a stream, when the
beauty of God's creation hits you between the eyes, or the snow lies deep on the
fields unsullied and virgin pure, or the harmonies of the music from the radio
stir your soul.
Yet all these tricks are
an illusion, incredibly provided by God or Mr. Daniels or Steven Spielberg to
give pleasure to our senses, and a fleeting moment of joy or excitement. What
we think of as real is never exactly what we think, but is simply a brief attack
on our perceptions, whether visual, aural or tactile.
God's "illusions" are
our "reality", and His greatest reality is what the World calls an
illusion. His coming to earth is the only reality there is, His death the only
permanent and lasting fact in all our experience. Shakespeare, through the mouth
of Macbeth said:
"Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player, That
struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no
more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
In a sense he was correct.
The only significant act of our shadowy existence is to accept His gift of
reality; namely His death and resurrection, at the turning point of history.
Only then do we become more than ghosts, and only when those new, and
everlasting bodies, spoken of in Thessalonians become a fact, do we come into an
inheritance that is our real home, clothed in the perfection which He demands.
Aslan, the magic
lion, and the
"Christ" figure in the "Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" by
C.S.Lewis, said, after he had been sacrificed by the witch :
"She (the witch) knew of a
magic from the dawn of time, but I know of an even greater magic since before
the dawn of time."
So, God's "magic" is
our reality? Is this an illusion?