In the last year I’ve had the immense privilege of seeing some of the most beautiful places on earth. From the sprawling skyscrapers of Singapore to the awe-inspiring Alps in Europe and Rockies in Canada. I’ve witnessed the majesty of both the Taj Mahal in India and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Then of course, there’s Albania and Estonia; two of my favourite nations…and others besides. It’s been an honour.
I know what you’re thinking; and yes, this is a boastful post – but not because I’ve been able to travel. The single thread that connects every single one of these places is the wonder of our creative God. So often I’ve been dumbfounded by the intricacy and splendour of his glorious creation that I can do very little else other than fix these overwhelmed eyes on the Master Craftsman. The One who moulded the mountains with his own hands, caused every blade of grass to push up from the soil, set the waves in motion and inspired the placement of every single brick by human hands. When I look at the beauty of the world, all I see is the Designer. I can’t help but boast in him!
Over the last few days, I’ve been drawn to this verse in the Bible:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn among creation. For by him, all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
– Colossians 1:15-16
Of course, the passage is talking about Jesus, but as I focussed on this verse, I realised something that’s as obvious as it is astounding: God created the visible and the invisible! So often, I am almost moved to tears by the phenomenon that is the earth – the physical, visible realm. I can do little else but worship upon seeing such beauty – and yet it’s only part of the wonder of our God! How much more untold beauty is hidden from our eyes?!
For some reason, something else I keep thinking about is the iconic scene from one of my favourite childhood movies, ‘Hook’, in which Robin Williams (as Peter Pan) can’t see the food that everyone else is eating. It’s not until he engages his imagination that he’s able to see the outrageous feast before him. As Christians, one of our mandates is to bring the magnificence of Heaven from the supernatural realm into the natural – the more we allow ourselves to be open to the work the Holy Spirit, the more we will begin to become aware of the unfathomable beauty of Heaven. The invisible will become more and more visible – and the world will never look the same! What a wonderful thought!
One of the privileges of studying at this incredible school in Singapore is that I have had the opportunity to experience what was previously invisible to me. I can’t wait to experience more!