Dear Virtual World:
If 2019 is anything to go by, 2020 will be chaotic, confusing, cloudy, corrupt, contemptuous, crooked, crowded, chancy, challenging, callous, and cruel. And that is just the letter “C.”
The question is: How do we resolve and prepare to navigate our way through 2020?
There is a theory in evolutionary science called the “Light Switch Theory.” The theory proposes that it was the faculty of vision that triggered the so-called “Big Bang of Evolution,” which refers to the sudden explosion and expansion of life in various forms on earth.
The theory is simple enough. In layman’s terms, it simply means that it was the development of vision that made it suddenly easier for living creatures to attract mates and to find food, to pursue prey and elude predators. In short, it was vision—the ability to see and to be seen—that enhanced surviving, adapting, perpetuating, and flourishing in the world.
One may, of course, accept or reject this theory. It is just a theory.
But even if one is not convinced by the theory, it is undeniable that the faculty of vision makes life infinitely more survivable and manageable.
The only problem, ironically, is this. We now live the most part of our lives in a virtual world, where there is just too much seeing and being seen. Living in such a distracting virtual world has made living with singleness and sharpness of vision almost impossible.
But even if we had the sharpest of vision, the future always has an inbuilt unpredictable and unknowable variable. The future is, well, the future.
How might we, then, prepare for 2020? How might we in 2020 live in a way that life is not perishing and tolerated, but flourishing and celebrated?
I suggest two verses. First: “Look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen” (2 Cor. 4:18a). Second: “We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).
- “For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18b)
- For if we walk by sight, we walk away and lose our way.
- For “I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.”
Answer: All of the above.
May 2020 be the year when we fix the eyes of our souls on the deep values and hidden treasures of life—the things that ultimately matter and last.
May we in 2020 truly catch a new glimpse of, and be captivated by, the beauty of The Infinite!
May 2020 truly be a year of true vision—a year of seeing and being seen by The Invisible.
2020 is, after all, another name for perfect vision.