As I pointed to in my last blog post, “When Life and Creativity Collide”, the new book I have just finished writing (due out in November), “Unlocking Creation”, could not have been written (at least by me) two years ago or five years ago. And it most likely would not have been written five years from now, either. When a book is penned, just as with a song or a painting, it is very much a snapshot of where the writer or painter is…physically, emotionally and spiritually…in that precise moment in time. This book was, certainly, no different.
When I began forming my ideas for this book, I had noticed that my attention to, and my questions about, the things God has created were on the upswing. Not only in a physical sense, as I looked at the beautiful world around us, but also in the reading of Scripture, watching TV or movies, or even listening to music…it seemed I was constantly being reminded of the wondrous things made by our Lord, in whom all things find their being. And the interesting thing, for me, was not my heightened state of awareness of it all, but the question that kept popping into my brain over and over again was, “Why did God choose to make it that way?” He is God. He had other options. Grass did not have to be green, the sky did not have to blue and an orange did not have to be orange (well that one kinda did, since the name and the color of this creation are the same….lol). But I think you get my point, God chose to make things in very specific and unique ways. And that made me wonder what He had in mind when He hung the moon and set the wind in motion.
One of the aspects that has always amazed me is the fact that the world is round and how the curvature of the Earth plays tricks with our eyes. While our eyes perceive things in a straight line, as from “Point A to Point B”, that which is below our feet and that which is above our head seem to intersect at some point, out in the distance, right about where everything seems to plunge over the edge, as with a waterfall. It reminds me of the old joke, “When Columbus discovered America, how many ships were part of that journey?” Answer = Three, right? “No, actually there were four, but one fell over the edge.” Bah, dum, dum.
Check it out: The following was borrowed from a popular internet math site:
The Earth has a radius of approximately 3965 miles. Using the Pythagorean theorem, that calculates to an average curvature of 7.98 inches per mile or approximately 8 inches per mile.
So, if we put our eyes down at ground level and we are on level terrain, the horizon seems pretty close. But if we are in an airplane, thousands of feet above the ground, we can see a lot farther. Hence the phrase, “bird’s eye view”, right? But what does it all mean, why did God decide to make the world round? Is there something to be learned from that, in a spiritual sense?
Consider the words of King David, “For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” [Psalm 103:12 NLT]
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn pointed out in his new book, “A Book Of Mysteries”, that the reference to east and west in this verse is significant because if you travel north or south, you can only go as far as the corresponding pole. You cannot go further north than the North Pole, or further south than the South Pole. But you can travel east or west indefinitely, and that is how far Christ removes our sin from us…infinitely. There is no end to God’s forgiveness. We cannot wander beyond His willingness to forgive us. And once He forgives my sin, how far has He removed them from His memory banks? Infinitely. Never to be remembered again, not in this world or in the kingdom to come.
His forgiveness knows no limit……period.
And the limits of His love are not just “beyond the horizon”, beyond what human eyes can see, they are “infinitely unseeable”, because they are “as far as the east is from the west”.