The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Invisible Things"
Or… "The Glitch"
Like the moon to the sun, creation exists to absorb and reflect the light of its Creator.
"The invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead" (Romans 1:20).
The Hubble telescope recently malfunctioned. A computer glitch has rendered this witness to the glory and wonder of God inoperable at present, with no guarantees that it will ever function again. If you are familiar with Hubble, you know its amazing history of revealing a universe far more vast, wondrous, and beautiful than had ever been known before it was deployed in 1990, and began to function in December, 1993 (after another glitch had to be repaired by a team of astronauts during 5 spacewalks). For nearly three decades, Hubble has transmitted images that bless the heart and boggle the mind, again, images that have communicated much about creation, but far more about its Creator.
An unimaginably vast and beautiful universe bears witness to an unimaginably vast and beautiful Lord. Like Hubble, however, a glitch exists in the system of the human mind. Sin and its damage means that even born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ presently "see through a glass darkly" (I Corinthians 13:12). Indeed, for all we may have pondered of God's amazing engineering and artistic abilities when experiencing the wonders of creation, an almost infinite measure of glory escapes our attention. The "glitch" greatly hinders us at present, meaning we must heed our Lord's counsel that we seek His help to see His "invisible things" in the light of "the things that are made:"
"Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).
I am hoping and praying the Hubble will be repaired (although a new and far more powerful telescope is scheduled to be launched later this year). Visions of God's glory await all who behold the images of His handiwork. Of course, many completely miss the glory, considering only the physical splendor of the universe. The spiritual reality nevertheless speaks to every human heart that looks upon our Lord's wonder awaiting in His worlds. For those of us who see at least a bit, so much more awaits. Let us then call for our Heavenly Father's revelation of Himself to our minds and hearts, and let us be sure He will joyfully answer as the Psalmist's assurance prepares us for a clearer view of the invisible things, revealed by the things that are made…
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world."
Weekly Memory Verse
"The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
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