This universe is the most wonderful, complex
and breathtaking word picture in existence!
God breathed words created this world, calling it into existence. His words described things that exist in eternity. His words painted a picture of a small measure of His own Glory.
A word picture creates an image on our imagination of things unseen. In literature the best writers are those who can take mere words and engage our imagination. They take us into an unfolding story by using words that cause us to see, in effect a visual tour. They capture us and move us to other places, other times, even other dimensions.
God’s great word picture is to cause us to see the unseen as well. He desires us to perceive His Glory, His power and His awesome beauty.
For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks).i
God exists outside of time and all that is created comes forth from Him. In other words, they exist to Him. We get a glimpse into a world beyond from which all things came forth and unto which He beckons us.
As I am writing this reflection, I am sitting outside in the North woods. The fragrance in the air is so sweet. Is this not just a hint of the fragrance of the Lord?
It is fall and the color in the trees is spectacular as the sun sets on the horizon. Before very long the stars will give voice in a different way to God’s Glory.
From the book Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond, 1890:
The lines of the spiritual existed first, and it was natural to expect that when the ‘Intelligence resident in the Unseen’ proceeded to frame the material universe, He should go upon the lines already laid down. He would, in short, simply project the higher Laws downward, so that the Natural World would become an incarnation, a visible representation, a working model of the spiritual.
The whole world is not a thing that is; it is not. It is a thing that teaches, yet not even a thing – a show that shows, a teaching shadow. However useless the demonstration otherwise, philosophy does well in proving that matter is a non-entity. We work with it as the mathematician with an x. The reality is alone the Spiritual. It is very well for physicists to speak of ‘matter,’ but for men generally to call this ‘a material world’ is an absurdity. Should we call it an x-world it would mean as much, viz., that we do not know what it is.
When shall we learn the true mysticism of one who was yet far from being a mystic – We look not at the things which are seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal?
The visible is the ladder up to the invisible; the temporal is but the scaffolding of the eternal. And when the last immaterial souls have climbed through this material to God, the scaffolding shall be taken down, and the earth dissolved with fervent heat – not because it was base, but because its work is done.”
We are beckoned to partake of His eternal realm as we look on —
God’s heavenly word pictures
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[i] Rom 1:20 Amp