the glory of God is so great,
why can't I see it?"
like a finger pointing the way to the moon. Concentrate on the finger
and you miss all that heavenly glory."
Lee, Enter the Dragon
Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star."
is wider: the Andromeda galaxy, or the tip of your finger? The Andromeda
how can you position your finger next to it in the sky and block it from
view? How can you move your finger back and forth, alternately blocking
and unblocking the far greater object? How is this possible?
answer is distance, but don't get distracted by the mathematics. Concentrate
instead on what your amazing finger has just done.
Andromeda galaxy measures between 165,000 to 260,000 light years in diameter,
contains perhaps 200 billion stars, and resides somewhere between 2.2 to
2.5 million light years away. Since it appears not all stars have planets,
but those that do have more than one, Andromeda likely also has one trillion
planets, even more moons, and countless other objects. Yet it is within
your littlest finger to bring to an end the amazing journey of a portion
of the collective light of ALL OF THIS.
think of the journey that light has made - two and a half million years
enroute, just an arms length from being seen, and a raised finger or the
turn of your head is all it takes to not see the light.
entire galaxy of Andromeda versus you, and Andromeda loses. It doesn't seem
fair, does it?. The glory of Andromeda is everything that could be seen
if you could discern its light rays that appear to be just a dot. That would
be the scene of
every sunny day on every planet in every Andromedan system that wasn't obscured
by an intervening object. Some portion made it all the way to you. Still,
this incredible glory is no match for an inability or unwillingness to see
it. Or put another way, Andromeda's glory has the humility not to rend from
the casual observer their disbelief that it is anything more than just a
what do you see when you look up at the night sky - meaningless dots? Or
do you see swirling worlds of every color, vast oceans of liquid methane,
or deep red suns 100 million miles across?
who've looked close enough, and in the right way, have found just such things.
Physicists and astronomers have discerned and recorded that glory to share
with the rest of us. Though your naked eye can't make out the same details
as their firsthand studies, comprehending that those incredible vistas are
what's on display each night is awe inspiring.
is the glory of God, and such is the glory of Jesus Christ as seen through
one sense, God, too, is an immense power an unfathomable gulf away. But
God's glory beckons us to have a closer look. Read the firsthand accounts
of those who have experienced his presence. Then what they have seen, though
maybe a pointless dot to you right now, might become a clearer view of the
glory of God. The glory of God is the summation of all that he is; infinite
power, infinite love, grace and mercy; your creator, counselor, and friend.
Like light from Andromeda, God's glory shines whether you're looking or
not, so you may as well look.
question: Which is more entertaining - a drop-down television on an airliner,
or a single red diode on the cockpit control panel? The television. But
do I have to ask which has greater importance?
more important light is the lesser one; the one to which people must be
trained to give top priority. This is alarming because it isn't instinctive.
The TV is big and strives to show you what you want to see. The diode is
small and may indicate things you do or do not want to see. The diode could
indicate an imminent collision, or it could indicate autopilot has just
been safely engaged. Diodes assure you at times, at other times prompt you
Bible, in a like sense, is a diode. It isn't entertaining compared to some
other things in life. And it doesn't wrest from us more attention than we
are willing to give it. It isn't louder than the commotion can be around
us, but none of that means the Bible is not more important or a greater
source of assurance.
has gone to great lengths to deliver his will for you, and to deliver evidences
of his existence and a peek at his glory. But he offers you these glimpses
into himself in such a way that you can still turn away if that's what you
light of his glory has come all the way from heaven and eternity past to
within arm's length of you. All that's in question is whether or not you
will look, and once looking, will you see?
"If you'll just turn
your head slightly, sir, you'll see on the monitor I've arranged to have
the nation of Australia spell out your name with candles. I believe the
satellite's passing overhead right now."
"Bah! No time."
Smithers and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons
NEXT: questions on the
existence of God