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Daily Devotional – July 9

The Matrix – Part 6

The Real World

Isaiah 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if [we had] no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; [we are] in desolate places as dead [men].

Waking out of a dream is not always the most pleasant experience–especially when the dream is to your liking.  Sometimes the dream is so real, and you find yourself angered or disappointed by the buzzing alarm clock. 

It’s time to wake up and get ready.

The real world both offers and requires much.   

Isaiah 42:18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

(This is a series of devotionals beginning June 25th.)

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July 9, 2007 - Posted by | Matrix

4 Comments »

  1. Isaiah 45:7

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi VOR!

    That next verse is a doozie also, isn’t it?!

    Paul

    Comment by bereans | July 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi Paul,
    Are you implying that dreams aren’t a part of the “real world”? Why?

    I just finished a book of poems (trying to find a publisher now), based on the command to “pray without ceasing,” in which I blur the differences between memories, dreams (daydream and night dream) and prayer. I think they’re a all parts of the same reverie. The reason “you find yourself angered or disappointed by the buzzing alarm clock” is that it’s more comfortable and warmer in bed than out and there are fewer difficult people and situations to deal with not because one is more “real” than the other. The quiet parts of life (prayer, sleep, etc.) make the more active ones possible.

    Comment by helenl | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. Helen,

    I definitely see what you’re saying, but the pleasant dream (or nightmare-I accidentally killed my father in one–thank God that wasn’t real!) that one wakes up from is not real and we often desire the ignorance or blissful disregard over the real. It relieves us of responsibility toward one another.

    I remember a story someone told me about their grandmother who didn’t like to drive. When she was crossing a particularly narrow bridge in her town, she would turn her head to the side and refuse to look at the railing on the left. Her refusal to see the railing didn’t mean it was not there–and her perception did little to negate that the rail was there and a present danger. Consequently, from what I understand, it even made things more dangerous for her and other drivers on the bridge because it skewed her perception.

    I do believe that we dream in a real world, but dreams are not reality. The constructs we create within our heads are not always reality either, and often products of our existence. I know many a sheltered person who refuses to see the world the way it is. For example, I have a friend who battled an addiction to drugs for years, and he often said that he was most content, most happy when he was in his semi-comotose state. Those who want to stay in dreams are those who will remain a part of the Matrix–ever refusing to question, ever refusing to venture out of the comfortable cocoon of their existence. It is interesting, that in the Matrix movies there is such an individual–he was freed from the Matrix, but when faced with reality he wanted to retreat back into the holding tank–back to the lies that made him comfortable.

    I recommend for all Christians a visit to the inner cities, a week in a female crisis center, or a couple days riding around in a police cruiser! Those folks dreams have little to do with their reality.

    Please keep us posted about your book. I have been reading your poems. You are very talented.

    I hope that this clears up the parallel I was trying to make.

    Paul

    Comment by bereans | July 11, 2007 | Reply


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