My little blog is six months (plus change) old, so to celebrate, I am having my first ever guest poster!
I met Tony Alicea through Twitter, and he has since become a dear friend – he is probably the nicest guy in my Twitter sphere. He lives in Florida, where he performs tech wizardry (he has rescued me from my ignorance, several times), listens to lots and lots of music, writes, and loves God; not at all in that order.
Tony hasn’t been blogging long, but you’d never know it, by his writing; it’s really good. If I could write about spiritual topics as well as he does, I would. But I can’t, so I have to stick to books and outer space.
Anyway, you can see one of my favorite Tony posts (and check out his cool website) by clicking here, and follow him on Twitter here.
You have to promise to come back to my blog, though. I had you first.
I remember as a kid, how excited I was to find a place that produced an echo. I would sit there constantly saying words and making noises, waiting for the echo. The echo returned my voice in a weaker, softer version. When I was with someone else, invariably they would yell out as well and the result was a muffled mix of chaotic resonation. I was completely fascinated.
I’ve been studying echoes recently and I found that a true echo is a single reflection of the sound source. The human ear cannot distinguish an echo from the original sound if the delay is less than 1/10 of a second. In addition, if many reflections return back to where you are unable to distinguish them, the proper term is reverberation.
All this got me to thinking about how I acquire information. The information goes out from the source and along the way, there are walls from which it bounces. Those walls might be books, newspapers, politicians, preachers or friends. Most of the time they aren’t the source of information, they are echoes.
I can think of a number of times in my life that I accepted someone’s word as truth, only to find out later that it was not. I begin the process of classifying those whom I can deem as trustworthy and those whom I cannot. I build my own kind of knowledge filter.
The process gets more complicated when there are traces of truth in some things but not whole truths. I cannot do a black and white classification. I have to then seek another echo. All the while, I know that if I make the effort, I can access the source myself.
In my walk with the Lord, I realize that I have acquired an unhealthy dependency on echoes. Echoes of books, messages and other people’s thoughts and opinions. A single echo at a time isn’t bad and the closer I am (in relationship) to the echo, the clearer it is. But when I get a flood of echoes, the reverberation causes my brain to turn into mush. It is confusing and overwhelming. It is easy to begin to question everything and doubt any absolute truth.
However, I know that this is lazy. I am a learner. I love to read, study and acquire knowledge. I cannot depend on others to be the source. I can only look to them as echoes (a weaker, softer version) of truth. One of the scriptures that gives me the greatest comfort is John 16:13:
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
The Spirit is the source. He is the voice. If I believe this scripture, I can be confident that I have direct access to the Source of all truth.
Truth has been so convoluted in our society. Everyone seems to have their own version of relative truth. We live in a world of countless echoes and relentless reverberation. However if you want the absolute truth, you have to go to the Source.
31 thoughts on “Echoes of Truth”
Thank you so much Cathy! I’m so happy to be the first person to grace W&PW.
You. Are. Awesome. And also, popular. Looks like Imma be busy all day approving comments!
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Nice post, Tony, and Cathy….. Echoes. Good imagery, and a point that most people never get. Something you know is true when you hear it, almost surprised you hadn’t thought of that before. Kind of like… an echo. Shoot!
Seriously, though…. that is a great post and a very insightful truth. Anything that reminds us that we can’t take everything around us at face value and points us back to looking to the true Source of Truth is a good thing. Thank you!
Thanks Dan, I appreciate it.
Love the imagery here Tony! I like you am in a constant search for the source! That whisper of the voice of God in my ear!
An excellent imagery and an excellent post – thanks tony and Cathy for having him here.
Great post Tony…as always! The source is always best.
My wife and I just had the same discussion about me. Because of my reading and thirst to learn…
Excellent observation and application Tony. I do not want to settle for an echo of the truth… I want to experience the Truth first hand… I want to live a life in Truth.
awesome post!!! thanks for sharing with us!
Wow, thanks Robin. It was a pleasure.
He he. You said, “reverberation”. Me likes!
Good stuff, as always Tony. Like you, I love to drown myself with information. I am reminded that even, though this is not necessarily wrong, it’s not our lot.
“The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh” – Lamentations 12:11-12
God is our lot and he is our inheritance.
You’re a dork. Thanks bro. 🙂
Dude — I had no idea you were such a Platonist!
I love the imagery and this is some of your best writing yet.
The closer I am to the source, the clearer it all is. I usually accept the echo as the Truth when what it really is, is a fraction of the truth.
Me either, I had to look that word up on Wikipedia!
And thank you. For whatever reason, when I guest post it brings out something unique. I think I owe someone else one as well. 🙂
Excellent stuff, Tony!
I love to hear it when people say they are “learners”. I think that is one, underappreciated characteristic that is so needed nowadays.
The Spirit, unlike writers-thinkers-pastors, will never lead us astray. The source of truth–I like that.
Tony, fantastic post, man. You could say I followed echoes to get here – from your Twitter profile to your blog to your guest post. 🙂 All have led me to you so it’s perhaps not the best example of what you’re talking about, but it’s maybe the closest example I have for now.
The funny thing is, I find in my studies and experience that God often speaks to us through echoes. I’ll take certain actions and only later do I find out just how much God was directing me (or just how far I walked from where God was trying to lead me). And even through the Bible, we are told of the wondrous works of God, and yet it’s through the writings of flawed human hands. Inspired? Yes. But those inspired people often share their stupid mistakes they made in their story. Yet, even through the far echoes, we are revealed messages of the faithfulness and goodness of the Divine.
Great post! And thank you for the Twitter follow!
I agree in that God will speak through echoes. My point is that we don’t have to depend on them. We have access to go directly to the Source.
But you don’t have to take my word for it, I’m just an echo. 😉
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
Echoes are not bad unless we are living off them instead of the Master’s voice. Great post Tony!
Yes, well said. Thanks Jay.
Great stuff Tony!
Great post! I really enjoyed reading this.
Awesome, thanks Shelley!
Great post Tony! For some reason, it’s tempting to get our truth second-hand, when the original source is right under our noses.
So true. Sure, we need to seek out the advice of others, but a lot of times we don’t trust ourselves and our own ability to hear God’s voice. Sometimes, we just need to relax and realize that God is speaking to us, even if no one else around seems to be hearing.
Thank you so much, Alex. Great to see you around!
Another great post, Tony! Totally digging the imagery. We tend to forget that not only do we have the Bible as a source of truth, but that the Word of God lives in us. It’s written on our hearts. The closer we get to God, the more we will learn to trust His voice and not have to always look elsewhere for our truth. That being said, I’m so happy that God does use echos to reach us and draw us back to Him; the source of everything.
A thousand times, YES! As glorious as the Bible is, that also points to THE WORD. I love how Colossians 1:27 says “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. The truth actually lives inside of us!
Great job Tony. All of what you said is true. I relate so much. I am continually reading, studying, searching for more and more stuff. My thirst never seems to be quelched. Many times I have had to remind myself that what other people think, say or write may be truth, but the real truth lies in God’s word and that is the place I need to go back to.