“It’s all just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.”
Ever heard that one? What’s it mean?
The phrase “smoke and mirrors” refers to “something that distorts or blurs facts…artful deception”, according to dictionary.com.
Have you ever been to a magic show and wondered how they do some of those amazing “tricks”? Many times they are done with mirrors.
Ever been lost in a “House of Mirrors” at the carnival? It really is funny how our eyes and brain can be so easily deceived!
The past month has been beyond stressful for me personally.
It’s not any major trauma, but this little thing and that little thing and the couple of issues over there, combined and then compounded in my mind.
My anxiety has shot through the roof and I have upped my meds on more than one occasion this month.
In the whole scheme of things, does any of this really matter?
When I am an old man and I sit down and look back over my life, will these petty things matter?
The Enemy of our souls is constantly on the prowl, seeking out any vulnerable person that he can destroy. Anxiety, worry, and fear are some of his greatest tools to trick our eyes and mind into focusing on the less-than-important things of life. If he can use his “smoke and mirrors” schemes to get our minds off of “whatever is lovely, whatever is pure, whatever is of good report…” and get our focus off of Christ, he has begun to win a great battle.
When I take my final breath, I want the things (and people) that really matter to be what’s on my mind: my first child’s birth, my wedding day, the time Lindsey and I made it through Hell on earth, lessons I have learned from my Grandfather. I certainly do not expect to be thinking of the silly things that I have allowed to get under my skin at the moment to be what I will remember during my final moments.
Your situation may not be the same as mine. Maybe yours is a fight with a sibling, a spat with your spouse, being easily angered by small-minded people who post insensitive things on social media. Whatever the case may be, petty stuff will always be around. People will not.
We have MUCH to be thankful for and MUCH to focus our hearts and attention on, but if we become so distracted by silly things, we have taken the glory from our God and placed it on things that we have created with our own minds. We have built little altars and begun to lay our LIVES before them. We have begun to WORSHIP things of this world and have taken our eyes off the Cross of Christ.
Oh God, forgive us all.
Take me back to the place where all I care about is loving You and loving Your people.