Visible

The worlds (or ages) were framed by the word of God, and what we see was not made out of things which are visible.

Hebrews 11:3.  I read it yesterday.

I like that word framed, for one thing.  The Greek is katartizō.  It doesn’t just mean made, it means made perfect, structured and equipped and designed to fulfill a purpose.  Which is not to say that this world is perfect.  It isn’t.  Only that this world is part of a larger design. This world, and our lives, are part of an infinitely complex master plan to bring creation into harmony.  To mend the rift that formed when evil first existed.  We’re getting somewhere.  Someday, all will be restored.

Then there’s the last bit.  What we see was not made from that which is visible.  Something out of nothing.  Even with the advances we have made in understanding what matter is and how it is built (and we’ve made plenty), we haven’t found what came before matter.  We can’t.  It’s out of the range of our comprehension.

Which is just as well, since what we see is not very satisfactory.  To know that God sees us, and knows us, but also knows far more than we do, just as an artist knows far more of the world than the creatures in the painting he creates…that’s a thought I find comforting.

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