We think of life on earth as normal. But it’s not. We get a very different perspective from Jesus. Like Klaatu–the alien ambassador in the classic sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still, who has come to warn humans about their perverse and violent ways–Jesus often seems to shake his head at the sheer abnormality of this world.
Following what seems like an understandable failing on the part of his disciples to heal a boy suffering from demonic seizures, Jesus responds:
“O, you unbelieving and perverse generation! How long must I remain with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” (Matthew 17:17)
After healing the child, Jesus explains that, with even the slightest spark of real belief in God’s unlimited power, “nothing would be impossible for you.”
Apparently, beyond this world, what we deem “miraculous,” abnormal events are normal, even necessary occurrences. Trust in the power of God keeps the heavens functioning, and living in reverence for the Creator of all things allows the most powerful force in the universe, God’s love, to flow unimpeded.
We’ll never see a complete reversal of our planet’s cosmic abnormality this side of the second coming. But we can put ourselves at the vanguard by praying, as Jesus taught us to, “Our father in the heavens, may your name be revered, may your kingdom come and your will be done here on the earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10).
Meanwhile, let us strive to be faith-filled ambassadors of the true normal…
In this abnormal world.