A few years ago, Beth and I took the opportunity to go see the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit in Mobile, Alabama. We doubted that we would again have the opportunity to see such an exhibit which lends great credibility to the authenticity of our Bible. So seldom have we had the opportunity to be together in this way that to be with my wife on such an occasion was sheer delight for me.
Upon arriving at the convention center where the exhibit was displayed, we entered a ticket line to purchase our tickets. It was then that we realized that we would also have the opportunity to see a docudrama of King Tut, titled (I believe), The Treasures of Egypt, staring Omar Sharif. I was excited about the prospect of learning something about the part of the world of which I knew little. The docudrama was being shown in an “Imax Theater.” This was only the second time I had been in such a theater.
As was true the first time, my apprehension of the experience began as I entered the theater. Some of you may be unaware that such theaters cascade upward, so that patrons feel as if they are sitting on the side of a pyramid–I am certain it must be similar to sitting in the cheapest seats of a stadium. The screen wraps itself around the audience, creating a surround, realistic sensation. The auditorium was so steep that I found myself wishing the seats came standard with seatbelts.
We were not in our seat long before the docudrama began. It began with forte, the images streaked across the screen with such rapidity and frequency that it immediately began to create a dizzying sensation which was sickening. Accompanying the swirling scenes before me on the screen was music at such a decibel level that I am sure nearly rivaled sonic booms (maybe not that loud). What I was seeing and hearing caused both my head and stomach to spin to such a degree that I feared that those moments might ruin the anticipated outing with my wife.
In the midst of my discomfort, the Lord spoke to me and enabled me to see that what I was experiencing in such a graphic way was the experience of every true believer with regard to the spiritual world. It is easy for us to allow the loud demands and swirling circumstances of life to cause us to lose sight of what is real, what is lasting, and what is eternal. Often what is showing on the screen of life threatens to swallow the larger truth of eternity, which frequently is less boisterous and less conspicuous, but never-the-less more true.
The Apostle Paul was concerned that his son in the faith might become dizzied by the fast-pasted sights and sounds of life, and passionately warned him, “But you, keep your head in all situations . . .” As our church looks toward the future, we must not allow what plays out on the screen before us to cause us to lose sight of a deeper reality. Men, women, boys, and girls need the Lord! The sheep of Christ’s flock need to be fed.
Will you pray for me that my vision will be clear? –that I too will keep my head in all situations? And what I ask for myself, I also pray for each one of us.
Lord, no matter how bright the sun today, teach us that there is an infinitely brighter Son tomorrow. No matter how dark the clouds of today, remind us we are bound for a land of cloudless day! God give us vision of the eternal and hearts resolved, by your grace, to go there!
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