Seen and Unseen

“Beautiful Ocean View”Creative Commons License photo credit: jasonarcher

I’m sitting on a bench at one of the most western outposts in the US. It’s late. Foggy.  I’m at the Santa Monica Pier. 10:35 pm.  The ocean is about 10 feet from me.  But I can’t see it.  With the night and fog, I can hear the ocean.  I can smell the ocean. But i can’t see it.  In this moment, I wonder if that’s how the Holy Spirit is like.

I remember Billy Graham talking about the Holy Spirit and saying, “We can’t see the wind, but we know that wind exists because we see the effects of the wind“.  I have five senses:  sight, touch, taste, sight, and hearing.  I don’t know how many senses my spirit-man has, but I’m wondering if it uses different senses.  I’m thinking that lots of times in our spiritual journey, we are trying to use sight and touch to connect with the Holy Spirit.  Like Thomas.  Let me see and touch.  As I’m sitting here in the crisp air, I’m reminded of how I know the ocean is here.  I have seen it before.  I look at it on maps.  I’ve seen pictures.  But as I’m at the edge, I can’t see it with my own eyes.  Here’s the catch, though.  When I sit quiet enough long enough, I can sense the ocean.  I can smell it.  I can hear it.  I can feel it.  And I don’t need to actually see it.  I’m solid.  It’s there.

I’ve been in seasons of doubt.  Haven’t you?  Seasons where I focus on the sight and touch and not on the others.  Fact:  Abba is less than ten feet from us right in this moment.  Just like the ocean.  Actually, for some, He’s actually inside our bodies.  Can I see Him?  Touch Him?  Nope.  But if I quiet myself long enough, I don’t have to see the wind.  I can see the effects of the wind.  Blowing through my soul.  I can see without seeing.

Even after I return home, I’ll remember the smell, the sounds.  The feeling of being close to the ocean.  And have my Abba remind me of what I already know in my soul.  He is near.  And he wants to move in me and through me.  I just need to get quiet enough long enough.  How about you?  Are you as busy as I am?  What senses do you use in your spirit?

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