emotions. fear. joy. sorrow. elation. love.
When was the last time you saw LOVE? Or hate for that matter. Oh, we see actions that reflect love, hate, sadness. But we can’t see the thing itself, because it’s intangible. If we’re honest we see that most of the human experience is intangible. When we die there will be records of our lives — birth certificates, social security cards, marriage certificates, and death certificates. These are the tangible facts, but how deeply did we live, how did we love, what did we feel? These are the intangibles.
In our culture we are often wary of what we can’t see or quantify. And yet our most poignant moments are full of them and separate us from other animals. At the park the other day we saw a dead turtle floating in the pond, covered in moss and barely visible. No funeral procession, no mourning turtle-family, nothing. It probably saddened my children more than it did the other turtles.
The other day my daughter asked me why adults cry when they are happy. I didn’t really have an answer, but she came close to tears a few days later when re-united with her favorite stuffed friends. Emotions often take us by surprise. No human can deny their existence, at least no sane human.
And then there are other intangibles that are less comfortable to discuss. But all detectives know that what we don’t see holds the most significance.
angels. demons. heaven. hell. God. purpose. salvation. brokenness. evil. soul. Spirit.
What don’t you see?