It’s big. It’s way out there. It’s never been seen.
A recent episode of “60 Minutes” showcased the work of astro-physicist Scott Sheppard, who announced the discovery of a ninth planet in our solar system. 50 billion miles away, 10-20 times larger than earth (making it roughly the size of Neptune), and so far away it takes 10,000 of our years to orbit the sun, this planet is still unnamed…because it’s still technically undiscovered. They know it’s out there, just not exactly where.
Even though our telescopes and probes have not quite located it, scientists know it exists because of the profound effects it has on the other celestial bodies in the Kuiper Belt, including the lamentedly downgraded Pluto. Planet 9 might be as yet unseen, but the way it alters the trajectories of nearby asteroids and dwarf planets constitutes irrefutable evidence that it is out there somewhere. So they keep looking.
How cool is that!? Oh, that the same thing be true with God and us! God might be invisible to the world, but His presence should be evident in our behavior. Anyone—and everyone—should have no trouble seeing His effect on our lives. John writes, “No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” [1 John 4:12]. When our attraction to Him makes us act differently than the usual pattern—when we are wronged, and instead of retaliating or brooding, we forgive—our deeds reveal a God others cannot see. Turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, doing all those little things for the least of these—those altered trajectories reflect God’s pull on us. It’s what Jesus meant when he said, “Let your light so shine before others, that they will see the good works you do and give glory to your Father in heaven” [Matt 5:15]. I can’t imagine how wonderful this world would be if we all lived in such a manner; visible images of an invisible God.
He’s big. He’s way out there. He’s never been seen…except in His pull on us.
Talk about heavenly bodies…