“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.
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