Do you ever feel like your world is two-dimensional? Do you feel like something is missing? As I studied theology this year, it became more clear to me that I do live in a two-dimensional world, and I need to live in a three-dimensional world.
Just stop and think about it for a moment. There is an entire invisible world all around us. There is a world full of angels and a Triune God; a world where those who have gone before us reside. This place does not exist on Mars or Saturn. It is all around us.
There is a world where earthly things exist, and a world where heavenly things reside. This is why when you cross the threshold into a sacred spot, a church for example, that you feel a change. All of the architecture and art within are created with the idea of bringing the invisible into our line of sight. This is why prayer experts tell us to set aside a place in our house for prayer because this place is a sacred place, it is a place where we can more easily connect with the sacred.
This is one of the reasons why Christians wear religious jewelry. It is why some light candles, which are reminders of a different kind of light; a light that surrounds us and guides us on our way. It is why church steeples point up, even though God is around us, there is still something in us that wants to think he is up there somewhere. They still remind us to think of Him.
As you walk in the visible world today, I encourage you to take a few steps towards recognizing that the sacred world is with you, in you, and around you. Take a few minutes to train yourself to live in a 3D world by acknowledging it; admiring it, and looking for it as you go today. Say hello to your guardian angel. Imagine his or her wings fluttering near you. Picture your deceased relative smiling at you. Take a deep breath, and inhale the fragrances of the world for which we long.