Do You Want To See?
“I am concerned with a certain way of looking at life, which was created in me by the fairy tales, but has since been ratified by the mere facts”. G.K. CHESTERTON
Lately, I have been really enjoying a book written by JOHN ELDREDGE: “Waking the Dead”. Every time I open this book, It is like I am part of the crowd in a movie and, the more I am drawn into the story with an open mind, the more the message seems to reveal a startling truth, it brings out a brutal clarity about things I thought were just a fable. This is an incredible book I recommend you, whatever you believe or not, just read it with an open mind.
I warm you, this book can cause your heart to be awake and be alive again and you might discover the clarity you need about your life and its meaning; except if you are afraid of challenge or to lose the control on your own life like Neo in “Matrix”. But Neo chose to take the red pill…
“Two men are seated across from each other in a dark room. Outside, a thunderstorm rages in the night, shaking the old house to its foundations. Flashes of lightning are dimmed by heavy curtains, which been drawn because it is a secret meeting. This is the first time these men have ever met, thought they have been searching for each other most of their life. Not a moment too soon, their destinies have crossed. One of them, a tall black man dressed all in black, carries the aura of a spiritual master. The younger man, trying his best to conceal the fact that he is frightened and uncertain, might become his disciple. It is all depends on a decision.
Morpheus: I imagine that right now you’re feeling a bit like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole?
Neo: You could say that.
Morpheus: I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he’s expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Neo: Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain. You feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life. There’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is. But it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Neo: The Matrix?
Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?
(Hesitantly, Neo nods his assent.)
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now in this room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, into a prison that you cannot taste or smell or touch. A prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You must see it for yourself.
(In each of his open palms, held forth as an offering, the older man is holding two capsules, one red, the other blue. He is offering the younger man a chance at the truth.)
Morpheus: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and you believe… whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Neo takes the red pill; Lucy steps through the wardrobe (The Chronicle of Narnia); Aladdin rubs the lamp; Elisha prays that the eyes of his servant would be opened (2 Kings 6:16-17); Peter, James and John follow Jesus up to mount of Transfiguration ( Luke 9:28-36). And all of them discover that there is far more going on here than meets the eye. The film The Matrix is a parable, a metaphor and thought a dark story, it is far closer to reality and to your life than you probably have been led to believe. (I am referring only to the first film in the trilogy.)
And the question Morpheus asks of Neo is a question the Scriptures ask each of us: Do YOU WANT to SEE?
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” The Apostle PAUL (EPH. 1:18)
From the Book "WAKING the DEAD" written by JOHN ELDREDGE (Chapter two "The Eyes Of The Heart" page 19-21) www.ransomedheart.com