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TITLE: Not Your Reality
By LaTara Ham-Ying

A few months ago, it was brought to my attention the young lady I know, had endured trials that would devastate and destroy just about any one. In her short 23 years she has lived a life for three people. At the tender age of thirteen she quit school and lied about her age so that she could get a job to take care of her two younger brothers after her mother became addicted to drugs and left them on their own. A few years later she and one of her brothers were both raped within a few months of each other. She had to grow up tough, streetwise, and basically alone.

Today this young lady is a mother and she says that she does not want her child to go through what she has. Yet the circumstances that surround her keep her from seeing reality as it really is. er circumstances have become her reality, and unfortunately, until she sees this, her life will be exactly what she does not want it to be.

She has told me often that she does not want her little girl to endure the reality that she did.

Her situation kept me up at night for a while. I prayed and sought answers from God as to the truth of reality. It had to be more to it than what our circumstances make it seem.

What is reality? Is our reality, God’s reality? How do we find true reality? All of these questions led me to the Word, of course, and to a Truth that is within our reach.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4 (KJV)

After reading the above scripture and praying to God for an answer, I see now that what we know or think of as reality, is actually not so.

The reality that most of us have witnessed in our lives is simply a phi sod. If we don’t see it for what it is, then we are doomed to live this falsehood for the rest of our lives, and miss the abundance of living that is available to us.

Take another look at the Word. It states that we are to seek the things that are above. If you belong to Christ, but dwell in the falsehood of the world events and circumstances, then you are not living in True Reality. What we see is never what actually is. The only true reality rest in heaven with Christ, our Savior.

Verse two says that we are to set our minds on those things that above and not those things here on earth. It we think about that for a minute, we can clearly see that our true reality does not exist here on earth. Verse 4 takes it even further by letting us know that if we belong to Christ, then we are hidden with Him. If we are hidden with Him, again I must ask, where is our True Reality.

Why are we hidden with Christ?

Our life must be hidden with Christ so that He can protect essence of who we are. Why?

Our essence is who we really are. It is the real you. Since heaven is our real destination, then the essence of our being must be hidden with Him. Christ protects the core of our being so that as we grow spiritually, we are able to take this “phi sod” we know as reality, release it and grab on to True Reality.

As I thought about those who journeyed during Biblical times, I was reminded of a few who must have grasped onto the truth.

Saul before he was Paul was a murderer of those who followed Christ. He was living a falsehood and had no idea about the True Reality of heaven. That is until he walked the Damascus road and came face to face with that Reality. Saul’s encounter ushered in a change to his life that shook him out of what was false, into a reality that altered his entire being. His life became a witness to that Reality. He realized that life as he once knew it was not a reality at all.

What about the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34)? For twelve years she lived a nightmare that probably took away everything she had ever known. Her money, her dignity, her self-esteem were all depleted. She was lost because True Reality had not entered her life. Then she heard about a man named Jesus and her hope came back. True Reality began to clear away her dark days. With each step the Son took toward her, the nightmare she had been living began to vanish. Reality opened her eyes to greater things. As she touched the hem of her garment, her nightmare instantly disappeared. The circumstance the she had allowed to control her life was not her reality at all.

The Samaritan woman, Lazarus, the Ethiopian Eunuch, Bartemeus, Jonah, Gideon, and many more all came to understand Reality’s Foundation.

It is not the stuff we see on the news, on our jobs, in our marriages, or anywhere else here on earth.

The reality that we must dwell in, exist in heaven above.

When we accepted Christ as Lord of our lives, we died to the falsehood of what the enemy puts before us. Our lives are found with Christ and when the reality of who He is reveals itself, then we too will be revealed in the glory that is True Reality. Until that time comes, rest in the fact that what you see is not what you get.

Going back to the young lady I spoke of at the beginning of this article. I have come to see that she does not know what reality actually is. She cannot see that her circumstances are not her reality.

At this point, I am not sure about her relationship with God. However, it is my prayer that God opens her heart to this reality. My prayer is that she comes into the saving knowledge of an awesome Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I pray that she takes a hold of the reality of heaven and releases that phi sod she has been dwelling in.

Copyright 2005, LaTara B.Ham-Ying
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