Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him.
~ Colossians 1:15-16
Children seem capable of seeing the invisible almost as if it is more tangible and real than the immediate reality. They can easily penetrate beyond the veil of signs and perceive their meaning as if no barrier existed at all between the visible and the invisible. Adults, on the other hand, seem to have an inveterate suspicion of anything invisible. If we cannot confirm something via sight and touch, then we grow leery of it.
Yet so many of the things that we rely on the most in life are in fact invisible: sound, oxygen, electricity, the wind, the internet, love. We never see the gasoline we put in our car. And while it is natural for Christians to grow in their faith by proceeding from the visible to the invisible, we have to wonder where our preschool ability to “see” the invisible went.
A sense of wonder is the right thing when it comes to faith. Jesus remains “invisible” to reawaken childlike wonder in us. If we want to be able to experience the “Bright Shadow of God”, then we need to regain our wonder. In regaining our wonder, our humanity blossoms in a way it never could otherwise. Wonder is the strongest expression of one’s self. When we wonder, we are the most attuned to the “mystery” of the invisible. Book knowledge cannot lead us to the infinite. When we are devoid of wonder, we remain deaf to the sublime.
Can we regain our wonder? The surest and quickest way to restart our wonder is to undauntedly focus on a single object. In one astounding moment the object of our focus will seem as if we have never seen it before. Our wonder is then revived. Focusing on the invisible God, we begin to see the Bright Shadow. What we look at hard seems to look back at us. Ultimately, we will receive the likeness of that which we fix the eyes on.
I want to be surprised again with the invisible presence of Christ. I want my life to be filled with wonder again. I want to stand in the Bright Shadow of God.