The following is the first guest post I’ve had. It is by Yiuman Szeto. It is also his first blog post. There will be more to come.
It’s always nice to get out of the city and suburbs, and into country. Recently, I drove through the Texas Hill Country with a friend of mine. Seeing the Hill Country on the long and winding Texas roads gave me a momentary impression that I was in Europe. It was a rainy day; those dark clouds, the light shower of rain, and the mists that hovered high over hills and mountains – transformed the land into a somewhat mystical, dark, gloomy gothic terrain. Observing this had placed in me a desire to see more of this beautiful planet. I want to see all the corners of the world.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of Him, both His eternal power and divine characteristics, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world…
I am a genuine admirer of the magnificence of nature. Although I’m not the type that can watch “Planet Earth” in one entire sitting, I long to be the cameraman behind the mesmerizing footage, as if I would be content in life to see these alluring wonders with my very own eyes and be struck by it with its full impact. What would it to be like to behold these grand spectacles before me? Having these great expanses demanding my very soul, a captivation of all my senses by it’s incomprehensible beauties that may need a life time to hone a worthy appreciation, giving the sensations of insignificance by its gravity, but yet at the same time, a full admiration of its immensity.
For God must be an artist, and man is made to appreciate His works at every level.
Well, to see the world is one thing, but to discover a new world altogether is another. Yet, in an age where our vast world has mostly been explored, discovered, and reduced, a mystery of what is lying beyond our civilization no longer exists. Sometimes, I wonder what was it like for Lewis and Clark, when they braved crossing the Mississippi River and traversed across sea to sea, being the first Americans to experience the unchartered land (coming from the view of the Western Civilization), or the discovery of unknown indigenous civilizations within Central and South America by the Spanish Conquistadors, or Marco Polo, as he journeyed to the East, and saw China for the first time from what was beforehand to him just stories and legends from sailor’s relaying tales of lore. This very aspect: to not only see something for the first time, but to discover that which has yet to be known by man and it’s impacts. The loss of this VERY aspect – I lament. The Earth is no longer a frontier for man’s exploration.
Someone told me that 2012 was the year where man had ascended to the highest sphere, and had descended to the deepest ocean. He was referring to Felix Baumgartner’s feat of dropping 24 miles from the earth’s stratosphere and James Cameron’s dive to the Mariana Trench. A news anchor described the director’s feat as the last frontier on earth. I suppose that would be accurate for now. Yet, there is eternity in my heart – and I am sure this eternal void exists within every man walking on this earth since our very dawning in time. We long for the unknowns and explore the deeps as if it is there that we might find the purpose of our existence. So we build the most powerful telescopes to see into the heavens, and construct atomic colliders to understand the atomic fabrics of our universe (the so called “God particle” has also been discovered in 2012). We have psychology to try to fathom the depths of human hearts. We are always exploring, as if our human lives are a journey in itself, to search every into corner in hope that we can find what we exists to discover.
Nevertheless, the earth, while still profound and marvelous, seems to have lost its sense of mystery. The study of our psyche can only diagnose our problems without many solutions. With space, we see a limitless universe, but we are trapped by our limited resources contained in our small humbled planet. The internet can summon any source of information to be in our hand in an instant. The entertainment industries have been rehashing the same thing over and over again with remakes. The arts can only help us appreciate us what we know from others. What is new anymore? Is there anything left yet to explore? But there is one more remaining:
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which have not come up in man’s heart; things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Man’s final frontier is not in the realm of sight and sound, neither will it be in the realm of man’s own imaginations. The final frontier is prepared by God in His wisdom as the “final” mystery (v7). It is referred to as the “depths of God”, in which there is need of man’s active research (v10). These depths are like oceans of riches untouched. The depths of what? We are talking about exploring the depths of God Himself. These depths are the regions of the universe belonging not of God’s creation, but the personal, intimate universe of the Creator (v11).
1 Corinthians 2:12 But we have received… the Spirit which is from God, that we may know the things which have been graciously given to us by God;
Our last frontier is not in the physical nor in the psychological realm, and not merely in the spiritual realm, but it is the realm of the Spirit of God. The Spirit has been graciously given to us by God for our ownership, exploration, settlement, and enjoyment. The intangible realm of the Spirit is as real as the planet Earth and our comprehension of it can be just as solid. It is profound that it is not merely God’s interest, but it is His very desire that we would be lost in the vastness of Himself as our final frontier. The final two lines of a hymn have always impressed me in this sentiment:
I believe it is in this exploration that man will finally find what we are created to search for in the journey of our lives. The impacts of our discovery will find us to be much more awestruck, magnificent, immense, significant, long lasting, and beautiful than any other experience of God’s creation. This is the highest work of God for man.