Spiritual Object Permanence

In my recent studies I came across something called Object Permanence.

According to Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist, Object permanence is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be observed (seen, heard, touched, smelled or sensed in any way). This is a fundamental concept studied in the field of developmental psychology that addresses the development of infant’s and children’s social and mental capacities.

Jean Piaget argued that object permanence is one of an infant’s most important accomplishments, as without this concept, objects would have no separate and permanent existence.

For example, have you ever played peek a boo with a baby? How adorable is it to see how mystified and ecstatic they are when you cover and uncover your face with your hands? Or have you ever been playing with a baby and placed their toy under a blanket? In their minds that object no longer exists–to them it’s like an epic magic trick.

I have recently discovered something I would call Spiritual Object Permanence. Now, I’m no Jean Piaget, but I have discovered and experienced this same principle play out in my life spiritually as I am growing from one level of faith to another.

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