A guest post written by Nan Hopfer from Long Beach, California
All those meteors were coming right at me – and then in a blink the attendant turned on the lights, told us to unfasten our seat belts, and check to make sure we hadn’t left anything behind.
I was blown away. My 9-year-old grandson and I had decided to visit the Kennedy Space Center and learn about astronauts and space travel during a trip I made to Florida to visit my son’s family. We found the space shuttle simulator ride that actually makes you think you are in a rocket being launched into orbit. As we got in the line, we began hearing all the instructions preparing us for our space voyage: we couldn’t be too tall or too short, too old or too young, and we couldn’t have any health problems. This started to sound scary!
During the ride it truly felt like we had been launched into space – experiencing the force of gravity pressing us into our seats. Then the emergency horns began blasting, warning us that a shower of meteors was heading right at us. The good news was that this experience was an illusion. When my grandson and I exited the ride, we immediately got into a great discussion about what is an illusion, what is real, and how we know the difference.
Later, I wanted to find out more about what an illusion is, which the dictionary states is a deceptive appearance or belief. The ride fit this definition perfectly. I’ve learned to rely on the Bible to solve challenges in my life, so I started searching for ideas on illusion from the Bible. I found a passage in Luke where Jesus said, “Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” I also looked in Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science church. She says, “The Nazarene Prophet declared that his followers should handle serpents; that is, put down all subtle falsities or illusions.” To me this means that according to Christ Jesus, each one of us has the power to destroy the enemy – or illusions.
So, what did we learn? My grandson and I are just like those astronauts – on the alert for any meteors – or serpents, false beliefs, and illusions – heading our way. What I’ve also come to understand is that each one of us has the ability to pilot our own “space shuttle,” being vigilant for life’s meteors and serpents and understanding God’s harmony is the real and any illusion that is encountered can’t harm. The question then becomes, how many illusions will you see through today?
Have a good flight!