Astrophysicist and author, Dr. Hugh Ross, encourages us to imagine that the two-dimensional image on a television monitor consists of a living two-dimensional world. If you placed your fingertip on the screen, what would the people in the two-dimensional world see? Your fingertip would be a flat, round, two-dimensional image that would look like a dot. No one in that world would be able to see or comprehend depth any more than a blind person could comprehend color.
If you entered that two-dimensional world and told the people about the three-dimensional world outside of their own, some would believe. But nobody would possess depth perception. They would have to take the existence of such a world by faith.
Similarly, God doesn’t exist just on the other side of the galaxy. He is with us. On occasions he has made himself known through the appearance of angels, a message to the prophets, or, in the case of Moses, a burning bush. His greatest manifestation occurred when he actually became a man, Jesus Christ. John said he and others saw Jesus with their eyes and touched him with their hands (1 John 1:3).
The challenge we face is believing in the presence of a God we can’t see or touch. Jesus understood the difficulty of such faith. After the resurrection he told Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
Did you catch that last phrase? God’s blessing is ours if we’ll choose to believe in the one we can’t see. How do we do that? I’ve found reading the Gospels over and over again has helped me see the invisible. I just finished my 55th month in a row reading The Jesus Story. Each month I’ve seen things I hadn’t noticed before. I’ve asked new questions. And my faith in his presence has grown. This growing faith has prompted me to ask him to display his power through me. And I’ve seen miracles. In fact, I’ve seen more miracles in the last 55 months than in the previous 754 months of my life.
A few days ago I started reading his story again. And when I finish I hope to read it again and again and again. I want to see the invisible God. And when I read his story, I do.