Sunday, 11 September 2011

The world is not enough...

Job 26: 8 is one of my favourite verses in the Bible.  Few people seem to write about it but it is well worth adding to one's stock of resources for secret meditations on the child of God, Nature:

"He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight".

The clouds must have seemed a mystery to the Ancients, who knew the weight of water.  One can only start to imagine the weight of water carried in a hurricane or storm. Yet this water, high up above their heads weighs nothing. How can air hold such weight?

Scientists now know that water vapour is in the form of tiny droplets in clouds, held up individually, by air resistance.  In some cases, they conjoin into larger rain droplets (water), which then fall due to gravity.

Gravity itself is another invisible marvel. Even modern science cannot fully explain it.  Invisibility, weight and weightlessness are fundamental parts of the miracle of life:  the earth hangs like a dazzling bauble, on nothing;  billions of tonnes of water sit without weight, apparently on nothing; weight in itself seems to be an tremendous illusion in God's hands. 

We are supposed to meditate on Creation in order for it to point us to try to grapple with the mind of the Creator.

One commentator has written, "What is hung upon nothing may serve us to set our feet on, and bear the weight of our bodies, but it will never serve us to set our hearts on, nor bear the weight of our souls".

We need something substantial to satisfy our souls : the light and changing world is not enough.

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