Yesterday, I walked right into an invisible door. I couldn’t see it but when I wandered into it, I came to an abrupt stop. My nose stopped a little faster than the rest of me and the momentum of the rest of me and the immovable nature of the invisible door combined to give my nose a new profile.
At this moment, I’m not sure if this new look is permanent or temporary. Only time will tell. My glasses don’t slide down my nose so easily anymore. So, there’s that.
The invisible door is solid glass, no frame, no tinting, no nothing to make it visible. It had never been closed before so I waltzed right into it while looking right through it.
Blood ran down the bridge of my nose as the swelling began and my eyes crossed and watered for a few seconds. I was mildly disoriented wondering how the heck I ran into something that didn’t appear to be there.
But, it was definitely there. I just couldn’t see it.
It was sturdy and immovable and it was definitely there even though it was invisible.
Later, I found out I wasn’t the first to try to leave my imprint on the new door.
After my headache subsided, I began to think about that whole situation.
So often, I feel as though there is imminent danger approaching me and there is nothing between impending doom and myself. The danger looks at me and sees me and I can see it approaching.
I get really scared. I want to run away from where I am supposed to be. I want to flee to where the danger can no longer see me and I can no longer see it. I want to give up doing what I am called to do and hide.
1 Timothy 1:17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
When I resist the urge to flee, I get to see God stop the danger as it plunges headlong into the immovable, unchangeable God of all creation!
It is a splendid sight to see. The danger looks a little less intimidating with its nose bent sideways.
This is often the way I get to catch a glimpse of God. By watching what is chasing me crash into the invisible presence of the one that protects me.
I’ve felt as though the danger surrounds me a lot lately. But now is not the time to run and hide. Now is the time to watch what happens when it runs into my protector.