We often hear it said that seeing is believing.
Well, let's flip this around and see what we get: believing is seeing. When we have faith, we are able to see things long before we can actually touch, taste, smell or hear them. And according to 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV), this is how we live - by faith, and not by sight.
I am so happy to share today's blog post with you, to illustrate what having faith looks like using the miracle of pregnancy. As you know, I absolutely love a good story. This time though, it isn't one of my stories, but a short parable written by Dr. Wayne Dyer, who was an American self-help author and a motivational speaker. I found it to be interesting, humorous and thought-provoking all at the same time. Let's dive in!
Is There Life After Delivery?
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?" The other replied, "Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later."
"Nonsense," said the first. "There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?"
The second said, "I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now."
The first replied, "That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded."
The second insisted, "Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore."
The first replied, "Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery, there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere."
"Well, I don’t know," said the second, "but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us."
The first replied "Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?"
The second said, "She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her, this world would not and could not exist."
Said the first: "Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist."
To which the second replied, "Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above."
There's More to Our Lives Than What We Can See
Sometimes, we can be blinded by what we see. But we must believe that there is more, so much more to our lives. God has plans and purposes that He is preparing and refining us for. So don't allow your current state or situation to keep you from believing in what God is able to do through you and around you. We are not meant to remain in the fetal stage of our lives forever. We are meant to walk, run and jump, breathe, eat "hard food" and grow up to full maturity. We must believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Will we choose to believe even when we don't see?
Project Manager and Managing Editor, VBD Magazine