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… because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Take a single atom and enlarge it to the size of a football stadium. The nucleus is in the center, and proportionately, it’s the size of a pearl. The electrons, far smaller than the nucleus, create a cloud shell at the perimeter of the stadium. The void between the pearl and the electrons is empty. Such is the amount of pressurized space in atoms, and atoms are the building blocks for our physical world.

The significance of this truth is that everything we encounter is made up almost entirely of space. Were we to remove the space from every atom in the earth, the compressed package would easily fit inside a football stadium.

I tend to conclude that the world I see, taste, touch, smell, and hear is solid. It’s not. Our existence is empty space, temporarily held in order by Christ. What is truly lasting is God’s kingdom. The values of that dominion shall govern our final destiny. Thus, love slices through human ambition, and peace is an iron wall to earth’s vaporous gains.

Praise God that I don’t have to live under the hopelessness that existence is over when Christ stops allocating the spaces. My temporary atomic body is occupied by my permanent eternal spirit. Therefore, the mission is to ready my spirit for the day my atoms will fall away. I’m given this time to replace whatever is corruptible with all that is Christlike.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me live for the permanent, not the temporary.