Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” -Matthew 19:26 (NLT)
You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him. -St. Teresa de Avila
A key lesson I’ve learned since being saved is that faith altered and expanded my consciousness. Life wasn’t a drab, meaningless, cyclical slog any more. No, previously invisible layers of reality—which were always there, apparently—were now visible.
I could see a layer of purpose, a layer of morality, and a layer of promise. I could hear and taste and smell things I didn’t before. I could see God’s fingerprints in the details of life, from the smallest to the largest things, which I was blind to earlier because I saw only with my eyes. And when you disbelieve, the world is very stark and rigid and limited. Even when times were good as an unbeliever, they were never as rich as a dark day for me as a believer.
God is infinite. And to have even a mustard seed-sized modicum of faith will blow your consciousness wide open with the truth of possibility that comes with seeing and believing in the truth of God’s power and existence. And once you awaken, you can see Him in everything around you. You see patterns and rhythms. And it’s a lifelong journey to discover more of Him in hindsight.
One layer in particular was different from the others. That layer pervaded all the others, permeating everything. That layer is an ethereal layer of richness that envelops everything…a medium through which God can channel His power. It’s the underlying layer that is the difference between a static black and white photo of the Eiffel Tower and actually standing before it, with all of your senses involved.
Tying all these layers together, my slow brain is getting it a little more each day: God puts the incomprehensible and impossible before us, so we can get out of the way and let Him make everything possible.
God has given us in this world a taste of His power. And we can, through believing prayer, come to Him in earnestness with the desires and dreams He placed in our hearts. The richness and vividness we experience around us is His creation and His blessing. The blessing of prayer lets us further His blessings and contributions to this world through answers to those prayers, further glorifying Him and making Him known.
The amazing creation we walk through makes it easy to forget that we, too, are walking blessings, part of His amazing creation. We sometimes look too much at our mistakes. We should partake in confession, repentance, forgiveness, and a prayerful life to be walking ambassadors to add to His blessings in a fallen world.