To "See" God

Susie Prater

With finite mind I cannot know
The length and breadth of infinite;
Rare glimpse of glory, radiant light,
Tantalize strain'd, earth-bound sight.

To "see" God seems to be a universal longing in the hearts of men. Since the invisible qualities of God may be seen in his creation, what may we conclude about his nature?

His foreknowledge of Man is apparent in the colors of our world. The sky is a soothing, blue tent above our heads; does it not moderate our violence? Green foliage refreshes the weary eye. Brown earth is a foil for the bright. Surely God is paternal, a provider of our needs.

Balance, blending, and contrasts are perfected in God's creation. In a sunset with mountains silhouetted, in brilliant, green moss hugging wet, black rock, the grand and spectacular are all about us. His delicacy may be seen in dry, brittle leaves, lovely intricacies of lace. Whimsy appears in the autumn as trees gaily wink their orange and yellow bangles in the breeze. Surely God is the master artist, with nothing too large nor too humble for his attention.

Water may be God's medium for myriad emotions. There is astounding rage in a storm-driven sea, yet the deepest of quiet in a calm one. Peace is in an emerald pool, sparkle in a fountain, delight in a mountain stream, and nurturing of teeming life in a swamp. Surely God is limitless in variety of expression.

Mighty, unseen forces testify, such as gravity and magnetism. The universal carousel maintains balance and momentum. Our sun continues to light by day, the moon and the stars by night. Earth turns and season follows season. Surely God is proved trust-worthy. Surely he is ruler of all power and all order.

Animals, birds, insects, and creatures of the sea reveal aspects of God. There is grandeur in "the way of an eagle in the sky," wisdom in "ants as they store up their food in the summer," and stately bearing in the lion, "who retreats before nothing" (Prov. 30:19-30).

Finally, there is Man, a complex intricacy of functions and abilities that cooperate and achieve. Man feels greatness without means to express it. He identifies, with his spirit, that which is incomprehensible to his mind. He struggles for heights which he has barely glimpsed. He is pathetic m his insignificance and awesome in his ambition. Surely man has been created with the potential to reflect God himself.

We have "seen" some of the invisible qualities of God through consideration of his creation. Yet, are we not left with an utter, unquenchable longing to see the whole?