Remember years ago when magicians would come on the variety shows and amaze us? They would wear black tuxedos and have beautiful assistants in revealing clothing. I used to sit in puzzlement following their acts. How did that happen? How can a man make an elephant simply evaporate into the atmosphere and then make it reappear again?
Well, I finally figured it all out. It never happened. When a magician asks a person if he has ever seen them before and they say, “No, sir!” they are lying. When he says there are no camera tricks or editing being done. It is a lie. When the crowd acts amazed at what they have just seen, quite often they are actually acting and there is no amazement at all.
I saw a video of Criss Angel disappearing after he jumped off of a table in a crowded restaurant. A couple of girls just happened to be walking toward the camera and were totally freaked out when he vanished. Then the video was played very slowly and under that table was a mirror. The mirror made it appear that you could see under the table but you only saw the reflection of what was under the next table. The Mindfreak jumped off the table crouched down behind the mirror and he was gone. The girls passing by could see him there the whole time. They were in on it and they played their part to convince everyone else that he was actually gone. Magic tricks are just that, tricks. They are illusions that use our point of view against us. We see part of what is happening and our brain draws conclusions from the limited data that leads us to a place that doesn’t really exist.
I have wasted a lot of time waiting for the magic to happen in my life like it has in other people’s lives. Musicians hit the big time and their lives are filled with magic. I disregarded Jimi Hendrix, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Elvis and the rest of the dead legends that the magic act ended far too soon for.
Actors make it to the top and life is magical. I ignored the fact that they self-destruct often and their relationships disintegrate at a far higher rate than the rest of the world’s.
The greatest athlete appears to never feel he is great enough and gets in trouble for using illegal substances to gain an edge. The poor man wins the lottery and lives it up, until he loses it all and ends up worse off than he was before. I have believed in magic and held out hope that a genie was going to pop out of the lamp and offer me three wishes. The sad truth is that if it were to happen, I would probably not use them wisely.
John 8:44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
God is the creator of all things. Satan has enough power to create just one. He can create lies. He is an expert. He uses the mirror to make me see the worst in myself, to make me feel I deserve more than I have, to show me God doesn’t care. He uses others to do his bidding to convince me that there is truth in what he says. He carefully rummages through my memories and compiles carefully edited sequences designed to confuse me and make me stray from what is true. It is always an elaborate hoax. It is never as real as it seems to be. The illusion is delicate and once I am deceived into leaning into it, I am easily cut and wounded when it shatters and I fall into the wreckage.
2 Corinthians 11:13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.
Yes, even those that profess to be of God can be fooling me with smoke and mirrors. I have to live my life serving God among men, not through men. Men can deceive and be deceived. God’s Word and his Holy Spirit are not capable of these things. They only bring the truth into my life that I so desperately need to see things as they are.
John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
I can’t go to the Father by anything I do. I can’t go to the Father because I deserve it or have earned it. I can only go to him through Jesus Christ. It is so important that I keep him first. If I focus on things here on earth and have only a fuzzy image of Christ in the background I am easily deceived. My focus must be on the way, the truth, and the life. All other things lose their effect on my perception of reality and I see only what is real.
God, fill me with contentment where I am with what I have. Take away my desire for a magic act to fulfill the missing things in my life. Show me your truth every minute of every day. Let me be wise and understand when what I see is deception. Amen.