Real Magic 

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,
Signifying nothing."
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?




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