“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.”
I wrote the fantasy novel Worlds Unseen six years ago. At the time, I had some loose ideas about what it could say–besides telling a good story, which was my first priority! It touched on some of my beliefs about life: the spiritual realities behind the physical world, nature’s allegiance to its Creator, and the way most of us live our lives ignorant of the world’s true history and what it means to us today.
Worlds is primarily about Maggie Sheffield, a very normal young woman who stumbles into the spiritual realities of her world by accident and must learn to deal with them. However, equally important to the story are the two Gifted: a wanderer named Nicolas Fisher, who hears things no one else can, and Virginia Ramsey, a blind girl who sees visions.
Proverbs 20:9 made me think of these two immediately: “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.” In Worlds Unseen, Virginia and Nicolas are not only Gifted, they are gifts–gifts to the world. Those who believe what the Gifted tell them will arrive at the truth about life, and with it, real freedom.
In the story, though, Nicolas and Virginia are both outcasts. One wrestles to accept his own gift and thus refuses to live among people; the other is feared and ultimately betrayed because of the truth she sees. It’s not easy to be the only people in all the world who understand what life really is–especially when the truth shatters everything we have believed.
Nicolas and Virginia aren’t without parallel in our own world. They are my fantasy version of the Old Testament prophets, of the New Testament apostles and saints, of everyone to whom God has given clarity of vision and ears that understand. Often, these real-world Gifted were despised and rejected, driven out and even crucified. Isaiah was one such Gifted man. David, king and psalmist, was another. Mary; Anna; the Apostle Paul. John the Beloved, witnessing the Revelation while in exile on the Isle of Patmos, was one. And ever since their days, God has not ceased to send to us people who see and hear, and who will open our own understanding if we let them.
Perhaps you can think of someone who has filled this role in your life. A parent; a sister; a friend; a teacher. A singer or poet. Such people do not create or renew truth. They simply show us, through scripture and by the Spirit of God, what has always been there.
Perhaps, in the darkness of the world around, the one who sees and hears is you.
Like my fictional Seventh World, the people around us live in darkness and deception. We who have the Word of God at our fingertips and the Spirit of God in our hearts are in this world, not just as passers-by, but as gifts. In prayer, Jesus said of His disciples, “As thou [Father] hath sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world” (John 17:18).
You, believer in Jesus, are in this world not as an accident and not as a judge. You are here as a gift, bearing the gifts of sight, hearing, and true reality.
May we use these gifts well: to bring into the darkness a burning, holy light.