Once every hour, Philip Johnson’s house disappears.
But, it wasn’t originally built that way.
Philip completed his Connecticut home in 1949 to overlook the nearby pond. As an architect, Mr. Johnson designed this unique house specifically to live amidst the landscape. Constructed almost entirely of glass, the house brings the amazing woodland views into every room. Just imagine drinking in the beauty of these serene surroundings from your first waking moment.
To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the 1,728 square foot structure, Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya added a new misting element to the transparent house. With 600 timed and choreographed water nozzles, Nakaya creates fog to envelope the landmark for a few minutes every hour, causing a “hide-and-reveal sequence”.
Because I love both nature and architecture, I would love a visit to this Connecticut landmark. The misting element would add an interesting dimension, I’m sure, and I would probably be disappointed should my visit not include the “veiling”.
Yet, it seems a bit counter-intuitive for a home built entirely for the view, to be purposely clouded several times a day.
On a deeply spiritual level, I can’t escape the similarities of the Glass House and my own soul.
At salvation, my spiritual eyes were opened to see the panorama of the heavenlies. Like living in the Glass House, I have the ability to see the scenery of spiritual no matter where I turn. Christ has cleansed me in such a way that I can “be satisfied with (His) likeness when I awake” (Psalm 17:15).
And yet for some reason, I’ve allowed the world to attach a veiling system to cloud my perspective. I awake and struggle not to first think of Facebook, Instagram, or the cutest YouTube video.
Quietly and without much ado, I realize I’ve become self-absorbed in comfort. I don’t watch anything evil, but am I Pharisaically justifying myself – straining a gnat while swallowing a camel (Matthew 23:24)? Christians around the world are being martyred, yet I’d rather watch humorous videos than struggle for them with my prayers.
What about you? Is your glass house being frequently misted?
Do you talk about goodness without really gearing up for the battle (“They say things, and do not do them” – Matthew 23:3)?
Are your actions done for the chief purpose of self-glory (“They do all their deeds to be noticed by men” – Matthew 23:5)?
Do you take committee jobs and accept board memberships because of the esteem it gives (“They love the place of honor at banquets…and respectful greetings in the market places” – Matthew 23:6-7)?
Do you take mission trips because it makes you look well-traveled? And then have nothing to share except your own personal opinion (“You travel about on sea and land to make one proselyte and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” – Matthew 23:15)?
Do you stay away from alcohol or cigarettes, but load up on dessert and distractions (“You tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provision of the law” – Matthew 23:23)?
Will you pray for me this week that I will be satisfied with my amazing vista view and stop turning on the magic fog?
Let me know if you need for me to be praying for you.