Several weeks ago I was sleeping soundly. At 2:00AM in the morning I awoke to the piercing horn-like sounds of the smoke detector in our bedroom. My wife’s Shih Tzu cuddled close at the sound (she doesn’t like thunder or strange loud noises). If you’ve ever been aroused out of sleep suddenly you know it takes a few seconds to gather yourself and determine what’s happening. That’s what happened to me, but I finally managed to stumble out of bed and turn on the light. I saw nothing! Then the alarm stopped. I walked into the hall. I saw nothing! I went to check out the other smoke detectors. I saw nothing! This was truly a false alarm, or so I thought. I went back to bed trying to relax and release some of the adrenaline that had rushed through my body at the startling sound.
Just about the time I calmed down and was drifting off to sleep, yes you guessed it, the smoke detector pierced the darkness again. I again stumbled out of bed and repeated the same steps I just mentioned. The only other time I can remember hearing the smoke detector is when my wife was cooking…just kidding Honey!
When I woke up the next morning I walked through the house again. As I went into the living room I could smell soot from our wood-burning fireplace that I hadn’t smelled the night before. The fireplace had been cleaned during spring cleaning but there was a smokey smell coming from it. That’s what the smoke detector saw. The detector saw something I couldn’t see.
This story is similar to our Christian walk in that we walk by faith, not by sight (2Corinthians 5:7). We walk by faith because faith is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). As my smoke detector saw the fireplace soot I could not see, so our faith gives evidence to us of things we cannot see.
Many have said, “I’m not going to believe in something I can’t see!” In reality we all believe in things we cannot see. For example, we believe that we have an organ in our bodies that pumps blood, but most of us have never seen our heart. Or, we believe that we have a brain, but we have never seen our brains. We all believe in things we can’t see. The bible teaches we should walk our Christian walk looking not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. (2Corinthians 4:18).