If you were to imagine encountering one somewhere deep within a forest, you would see how it would make everything around it seem dim in comparison. When it looked at you, you would see in its eyes an intelligence beyond your own. You would suddenly feel the fleeting nature of your mortality. You would know that its hidden life was the complete fulfillment of its purpose. That it lacked nothing.
Lets stretch your mind. Metaphorically speaking, your soul is like a unicorn. Somewhere deep inside, deeper than your hurts and past, deeper than your imperfections and consciousness, is an unwavering, immortal self. It was made to be perfect, and placed here to develop: "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another" (2 Cor 3:18).
But unlike the unicorn, we do not seem to be constantly connected to this. We lack awareness of our worth, our purpose, and the divine. We are unbalanced. Stuck in a physical world, we are confused about what it all means and distracted by promises of "magic" that are only illusions. We do not have spiritual balance. We are spiritually starving.
How would it look if a unicorn became like us? It might be that it would end up on the couch, having lost its sheen and let its powerful
muscles atrophy, drinking a cheap beer and watching endless television. When my husband wants to inspire in my children a desire to become glorious, it's the image of the couch potato unicorn that he uses. How strange to imagine such a creature brought to such a state.
It is possible to be in denial of the spiritual so long that you are no longer in touch with it at all. It is possible to be very in touch with it, but not know. But, the most ideal situation is to know you are in touch with it and the source of it: God.
So how do we achieve this spiritual balance? How do we feed the spirit, as we feed the body? How do we become "enlightened", or discover our purpose? How do we attain glory, beauty, strength, meekness, grace and even "magic"?
Information on the topic can be found in abundance in the first chapter of John:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
- the Word of God
- with God in the beginning
- the source of all created things
- the dwelling place of life
- the light of mankind
- unconquerable by darkness
- not recognizable by the world
- not received by his own
- the source of adoption by God
- the reason we have received grace upon grace
- in the closest relationship with the Father
- the way to know the Father
Jesus Christ, the Messiah, has the glory, beauty, strength, meekness, grace and even "magic" that we have such a hard time attaining. So, how to we get it, too? How do we become like him? The passage has already told us: "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God" (Jn 1:12-13).
Seek out Jesus Christ, and he will give you God. You will be born of God. Let him become the greatest desire of your heart because he is the one who can feed your soul. He will make your glory like that of the unicorn. You will become a reflection of all that he is. Your soul will live in its hidden purpose, united with the source of its life and immortality. And the longer you walk with Christ down the path of your life, the more when people look in your eyes, they will see something beyond what they have. Your eyes will reveal a life they've not touched, a truth they've not heard, an eternal quality they hunger for, an overflowing of grace they long to bathe in.
Get up off the couch.