We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
“This is another wonderful thing. There is always more to learn. There is always deeper to go. God does not reveal everything to us all at once. God’s thoughts are like the drops of water in the ocean. They are too numerous to count and beyond compare. We will bathe in them for all eternity!”
- David Robertson, A.S.K. – Real World Questions / Real Word Answers
The quote from David Robertson’s book and the accompanying Scripture pertain to knowing God, but my mind went off on a tangent. Maybe it was due to a couple of fellow bloggers talking about road trips, in a way knowing God by knowing his creation.
When I take road trips, I learn a lot about how the people in that area live. I learn a lot about the quirkiness of God. God is whimsical. You drive along and see farmer’s fields, one after the other, and then suddenly you top the crest of a hill and there is this twenty-foot-tall rock standing upright, in the middle of nowhere. Why? Maybe God did that just for laughs.
I have read in a few blogs that anything that you can find in another country, you can find in the US. Okay, there are castles in the US. There are deserts, mountains, waterfalls, etc. But there are two big problems in my mind with that mindset. 1) There is too much pride there, a pride that leads to the second problem. 2) There is ignorance there.
To illustrate, let’s imagine you go to the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland, Oregon. You see something like Bridal Veil Falls or Horsetail Falls. These are small waterfalls carrying the runoff and streams from Mount Hood toward the Columbia River. You think to yourself, “I have seen a waterfall. I need not go further.” Then you drive to a spot where you can turn around easily, travelling east, and you come to a nice souvenir shop with a big parking lot. As you turn around, you notice Multnomah Falls – the reason for the souvenir shop. You are impressed with its size compared to the previous falls. You wonder about that foot bridge between the upper and lower falls. You realize that all waterfalls are not the same. They each carry a bit of God’s beauty and whimsey in them.
If this blows your mind, seeing Multnomah Falls after seeing smaller waterfalls, do not bother going to Yellowstone and seeing the upper and lower Yellowstone Falls. Don’t bother travelling across the high desert of Washington state, where you wonder whether there is any water within a hundred miles or more. Then you come upon Palouse Falls. Wow! The realization that each waterfall tells its own story about our Creator is definitely mind-blowing.
Then you travel east and come upon Niagara Falls. I have been to the waterfalls that I have mentioned here – not to mention Yoho Falls in the photo above in Canada or the Rhein Falls on the border of Germany and Switzerland, but I have never been to Victoria Falls in Africa. I have random photos that appear on my computer screen. From them, I have learned that there are waterfalls in eastern Europe that I would love to see. And yet, I see wonder in a small trickle of water that dances over mossy rocks on a mountain trail in Pennsylvania – a waterfall that is only there after a snow melt.
If you are not into waterfalls, you might be into Botany. Have you ever studied leaves of trees? While certain factors can identify which type of tree produced which leaf, there are other factors about those leaves that are unique to that leaf alone. I had a friend in Scouting, an old man who spent a lot of time studying leaves. He could turn a leaf over, then another and another. In early summer, after a few leaves, maybe five or six, he could tell you within a week’s time when the first frost would come that year. When it comes to things like that, the trees know some things that we do not, and they start to prepare early.
But now to tie my wandering thoughts to the Scripture and Robertson quote. I read the Robertson quote and thought of all the natural wonders of this earth that I have only seen in photographs, things that God has made, and there are so many wonders that I have not even seen in pictures. What better way to study the mysteries of our God than to study His creation?
But then let’s go further. What will there be to explore in Heaven? What of all the planets and moons in our galaxy or the other galaxies throughout the universe?
Yes, when I get to Heaven, I just want to stare into the eyes of Jesus for a few thousand years. But what about 10,000 years later? Hey, gang, let’s take a road trip through the galaxies and see the wonders that God has made.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.