Of Mystery and Beauty

God

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”  ~ Albert Einstein

Sometimes we are as dead men walking, dull to the mystery and wonder of life and eternity. We forget our inheritance to dream and to marvel at the wonders before us. We see the ugliness and pain of the world and allow it to strip away the beauty. In the weariness of life, we shut our eyes to all but the demands of each day. If we wish to awaken once more, we must look to the mystery made known.

As writers of fantasy, we bear tools to help restore wonder. When we craft worlds with care, down to the intricate detail of plant and leaf, we invite others to marvel…and to look for the more beautiful realities these fantastic tales reflect. Yet we can only convey what we perceive. If we want to craft true art, we must behold the Creator.

Einstein spoke of the beauty of mystery that drives art and science. Yet the greatest mysteries flow from God and the awe-inspiring ways He has structured heaven and earth. He is holy, completely other than, more than sufficient to hold us in awe for eternity–but it doesn’t end there. He invites us to explore the mystery of His nature and the realms He created. He could have remained unknown, yet he chose to make himself known to us. He reveals Himself, yet there’s always more in Him to explore, a mystery revealed yet unending. It’s an invitation to awe that we must accept time and again.

So go forth with eyes open–behold and create.

Image credit: Peter Sawers

Comments

  • Rebecca LuElla Miller
    October 20, 2011 - 3:11 pm · Reply

    we must look to the mystery made known

    Amen! That’s the real thing that so many seem to be forgetting — Jesus is the image of the invisible God. He came to show us the Father.

    Colossians says it so clearly, several times:

    that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Col. 1:25b-27>

    Then again a little later:

    attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col. 2:2-3)

    I think many get the idea of transcendence interchanged with mystery. God is clearly higher than we, but He’s pretty much bent over backwards to be known. Personal visitations, prophets, pillars of fire, visions, signs and wonders, inspired Scriptures, the Incarnation, His Spirit in every believer. And yet some people scratch their heads and say, Why doesn’t he just show himself?

    Becky

  • Sarah Sawyer
    October 21, 2011 - 12:08 pm · Reply

    Thanks, Patrick! My hope for myself and other Christian writers is we would reflect that beauty and wonder we see in God on the pages of our writings.

    Becky, I agree that many times people neglect the reality of how much God has done to make Himself known and reveal His nature and character. I love the passage you quoted in Colossians, because it captures both the revelation and the mystery–that Christ has been revealed, demonstrating to us the nature of God. Yet in Him there are still treasures of wisdom and knowledge to seek out. As Proverbs states, we’re to search for wisdom and understanding like hidden treasure. It’s wonderful to know we can have confidence in what God has revealed about Himself, and still continually go deeper in what He has shown us in His word.

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