“Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” ~John 20:29

In the earliest cognitive stage of human development, there is something that occurs in a child at around 6 months of age: They develop object permanence. The basic premise is that a child under 6 months will see an object, but once that object is taken out of their sight, they believe it no longer exists. Once a child has obtained object permanence, they still believe that something exists even if they can no longer see it.

I wonder if, as Christians, we always exhibit object permanence. When things go wrong in our lives, we so quickly wonder if God is really there, present in all of our circumstances. Of course, He is. He is there in the same way gravity is: We feel its effects, yet cannot see it physically.

Thomas demanded a touch. Will we demand the same in an effort to convince ourselves that He is really there with us? Or will we exhibit faith in the promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us? He has given His Holy Spirit, His love, and His faithfulness, all to prove to us that He is truly present in everything. Object Permanence: He is there, regardless of our sight.

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