I believe that God created the universe (and maybe many universes). I also believe that the Bible makes it clear that as we discover the intricacies of that creation, we are discovering the underlying reality of who God is and what he is doing in the world. That is why I LOVE science. Science is full of beautiful, spiritual mystery, and there are none more mysterious (at least to me) than those portrayed by light itself.
We know a lot about the light. Most of it is wild, but not mysterious:
- Light travels at 186,000 miles per second.
- Though it has wavelike properties it is composed of tiny particles called photons.
- The closer you get to approaching the speed of light, the slower time passes.
Here is the mystery: imagine someone fired one of these photons away from you, and you decided to pursue it. You could imagine that if you started to run at 186,000 miles per second (the speed of light), the photon would appear to be standing still (or going the same speed as you). In other words, it would not appear that the distance between you and the photon was increasing. Furthermore, you could imagine that if you started to creep above the speed of light, that you could eventually catch up with the photon.
That is not the case. In fact, no matter how fast you travel, light will always appear to be traveling away from you at 186,000 miles per second. No matter how much energy you spend, no matter how much you try, the speed of light is its own constant to be judged against the speed of nothing else. It is simply not relative to you.
God is the exact same way. Isaiah 55:9 says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my [God’s] ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” No matter how much we try to make God conform to our rules of culture or logic, they never seem to fit. No matter how many times we look at each other to decide how God will or should work, God never conforms to our pattern. God is simply not relative to us.
God is the constant. God is the measure. God is. May we be ever seeking to measure ourselves against the person of God, and not the other way around.