In the 19th century, the smallest of surgeries was a death sentence. That’s because surgeons didn’t think it was important to sterilize instruments or even wash their hands. They didn’t believe invisible-to-the-eye bacteria could do any real damage to the human body.
Can you imagine the flack you’d catch—assuming you had access to a time machine—for trying to warn those doctors of tiny invisible killers on their hands and instruments?
You’d risk getting carried off in a straitjacket!
It wasn’t until 1860, when a French chemist by the name of Louis Pasteur—the guy who invented pasteurization and vaccination—conducted experiments that would go on to prove the deadly danger of germs.
I thought of this story while reading the Bible today—specifically this parable Jesus shared in Matthew 13:
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field”
The man in the parable found something no one else saw. Surely people thought he lost his mind for selling all his possessions just to buy a (seemingly empty) field.
This made me think of how not everything visible is all there is to reality. Sometimes we think too highly of our perception and forget this basic truth.
I see myself in that parable. Maybe that’s why it stood out to me so much. Ever since I encountered the invisible God as a teenager, I just want more of what I can’t see.
He may be invisible, yet the peace he brings is nevertheless real. The hope he gives is real. The love he lavishes is real. The freedom from addictions, fears, anxieties, depression, selfishness is very very real.
I pray you find that same treasure.